Police are investigating suspicious incidents in the North-east involving a man approaching women out running on their own.
They have reported a man asking them for a ‘piggyback’ because he is injured.
One incident was reported in the Laurencekirk area on Sunday August 7, and another three on the old Deeside railway line between Cults and Milltimber between Sunday, August 28, and Saturday, September 3. They took place in the morning or afternoon.
In each case the women who have been approached say the man has been persistent in nature and behaving oddly.
He is described as being around 40-60 years of age, between 5ft5-5ft8, of a stocky build with grey receding hair and wearing exercise clothes.
Sgt 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.
“Given the frequency of the incidents and the similarities between them, we are asking the public to be vigilant and report any concerns to police as soon as possible while our inquiries continue.
“Officers will be giving particular attention to the areas in question and are taking these reports extremely seriously.”
Anyone with information should contact Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.