Man seen masturbating near canal arrested

AN ARREST has been made in connection with a report a man was masturbating near the canal along the Ebley Bypass in Stroud earlier this week.

Police had also received a report of a man and a woman being approached by a man who threatened to spray a substance in their face.

Both incidents were believed to have involved the same man and happened around 5pm on Monday, September 5. 

Last night (Wednesday, September 7) officers arrested a man aged in his 30s and of no fixed address in connection with the incidents.

He remains in police custody.

A spray canister was also seized.

Anyone with information about the incidents who has not already spoken to police is asked to report this online by completing the following form and quoting incident 520 of September 5: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/us/a-crime-that-has-already-been-reported

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