Police are appealing for information following reports a man has been exposing himself to women walking their dogs at beauty spots in Somerset.

Three incidents have been reported to Avon and Somerset Police so far this month and officers have been patrolling the area in response.

Police say the description of the man in all three cases is similar ­– stocky, aged 40-50, with long brown hair wearing black jogging bottoms or jeans and a checked shirt and brown leather jacket.

The first happened near the car park at Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills, between 3pm and 4pm on Wednesday, September 6 while the second was in the car park at about 5.10pm on the same day.

A police spokesman said: “Officers are keen to hear from anyone else who has been affected, or who can help identify this individual.

“We encourage women to report any such incidents immediately, by calling 999, and to make a note of any vehicles they see in the area.”

The most recent incident was at about 9am on Tuesday, September 12, on the bridleway leading to the car park at Cothelstone Hill in the Quantocks. This incident was mentioned to a park ranger who passed the information to officers and police would like the woman involved to come forward.

Two similar incidents were reported over the summer, both at Cothelstone Hill, one on Thursday, June 22, and one on Thursday, July 13.

Anybody with information is asked to get in touch through the police website at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217204510.

Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.