Police slow to warn of flashers, parents say

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 October, 2011, 12:00am


The police are again being criticised for being slow to warn the public of crimes, this time a series of flashing incidents in which men have exposed themselves to schoolgirls in Sau Mau Ping, Kwun Tong.

The incidents happened between September 15 and last Wednesday and the girls' schools told police about the incidents last Friday.

But police revealed details only yesterday. Kai Ping-chung, chairman of the Federation of Parent Teacher Associations in Kwun Tong District, said police should inform the public about such incidents so that parents and schools can take precautions.

He also said the girls should have been quicker to report the incidents. Kai added: 'They might have been too frightened, or did not think reporting to the police would help. But if they had reported this to the police earlier, there would not have been so many incidents.'

Police had informed schools in the district and asked teachers to remind students to be alert, he said.

The force has come under fire recently for being slow to warn the public about a series of knife attacks in Tseung Kwan O and two sexual molestation cases in Kwun Tong.

The first two flashing incidents took place on September 15 and 22. The man fled after exposing himself to two Form Four girls near Lee Cheung House, Shun Lee Estate.

On October 4 and October 19, a man exposed himself to the same Form Four girl on both days, at a car park in Hong Ning Road.

In the next case, on October 18, a man exposed himself to several girls at a park in Hong Lee Road.

Finally, on October 19, a Form One girl encountered a flasher in Hip Wo Street near United Hospital.

At about 7pm last night, a 64-year-old man was arrested after he had allegedly exposed himself to a woman in Ko Chun Court in Yau Tong. The woman's husband chased the man and caught him. Officers are investigating whether he is connected to recent cases in the nearby areas of Kwun Tong and Sau Mau Ping.