Man charged over suspicious behaviour to lone women

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A man has been charged following an appeal over a suspicious male who was reported to have asked several lone women for piggybacks while they were out running.

One incident was reported in the Laurencekirk area on Sunday August 7, 2016, and another three on the old Deeside railway line between Cults and Milltimber between Sunday August 28 and Saturday September 3. The incidents took place in the morning/ afternoon.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland can confirm that a 46-year-old male from the Aberdeen area has been charged in connection with a number of suspicious incidents in the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Montrose areas during August and September 2016 whereby lone females were approached.”

Sergeant Andy Peerless said: “While on the surface these incidents may appear fairly innocuous, they have made the women involved feel extremely uncomfortable and alarmed which obviously makes this a concern for us.”

He added: “I would like to thank all those who responded to our appeal for assistance. The information provided to us from the public was vital.”

Police had issued a description of the man they were looking for, describing him as around 40-60 years of age, between 5ft5 and 5ft8, of a stocky build with grey receding hair. In each case the man had been wearing exercise clothes.

A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.