Exmouth: police probe naked pose with dinosaur
PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:42 28 September 2016
Images showing a semi-naked woman straddling a dinosaur model in an act of ‘gross indecency’ in Exmouth has sparked anger and disgust, prompting police to investigate
Outrage and anger at a woman appearing to perform an act of ‘gross indecency’ on a dinosaur model in Exmouth has prompted police to launch an investigation to identify the culprit.
The shocking image of a semi-naked woman straddling an Exmouth Dino Trail model was posted on social media on Tuesday, prompting disgust and scorn after the images were shared.
Police said they are working to identify the woman - who was also photographed exposing herself in one of Exmouth’s pubs.
After a tip-off from the Journal, the district council today sent a team to disinfect the model, beneath The Beacon.
Sergeant Richard Stonecliffe, from the Exmouth police neighbourhood team, said: “We have been made aware of two pictures that were posted on social media this week, which appear to show a woman exposing herself whilst undertaking a distasteful act in public, and exposing herself in a local public house.
“Enquiries are under way and we are attempting to identify the woman in question.
“We recommend that members of the public think very carefully before posting any images on to social media. All sections of society and people of all ages have access to websites and forums. This means images possibly taken in jest and that you would not share in the cold light of day, may go viral and be seen by children, your family, neighbours or colleagues.
“Even if the offending images are quickly removed, they will often have been captured or saved by someone and then they could easily be re-posted.
“What may be deemed amusing to one person can be deemed offensive and upsetting to others; this could see you in trouble with the police.”
The organiser of the Exmouth Dino Trail, John Thorogood, said he was ‘completely disgusted’ by the deliberately posed images, describing it as an ‘all-time low’.
“I hope the police are successful in tracing this woman and dealing robustly with it,” he said.
An East Devon District Council spokeswoman said: “We are shocked and dismayed at this appalling act of gross indecency to one of the dinosaur models in the dinosaur trail.
“The trail has been a huge success with visitors and the local community alike, especially with children, which makes this behaviour by an adult all the more deplorable.
“We understand that the town council, as owners of the dinosaurs, has already contacted the police and that the appropriate action will be taken.
“We have instructed our StreetScene team to clean the dinosaur thoroughly, using a strong disinfectant.”
Parents commenting online about the explicit photograph said they were reluctant to visit the dino trail.
One said: “I don’t think I will take the kids to see the dinosaurs now.”
Another post read: “Filthy, disgusting. I feel sick. Children play with those dinosaurs.”
“Kids touch that; sick twisted,” said another comment.
Another wrote: “This is disgusting. Better they get rid of them now - it’s beyond a joke.”