Man leaves woman distressed after making crude and suggestive comments

An E-fit of the man police are hunting on suspicion of harassment. (S)
An E-fit of the man police are hunting on suspicion of harassment. (S)

A man harassed a woman in a Ripon supermarket car park by making crude and suggestive comments, leaving her feeling “shaken and distressed”.

He approached the woman on Friday, January 18 at 11.25am and tried to start a conversation with her. When the woman did not respond, the man started making crude and suggestive comments, North Yorkshire Police said.

The suspect is white, in his late-40s and approximately 5ft 3in with a stocky build. He has a pale complexion and fair ginger hair.

Police have released an E-fit, above, to help identify the harassment suspect.

PC Chris Hill, of Ripon Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This type of behaviour is utterly deplorable. The man’s comments left the woman feeling shaken and distressed.

“If you recognise the man, I urge you to contact the police or Crimestoppers straight away.

”I am also keen to speak with any other women who have been approached by the man and have not yet reported the incident.”

Anyone who can help to identify the suspect is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Chris Hill. Alternatively information can be emailed to

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 12130009584.