Pervert dressed as Roman centurion flashed Hornchurch women workers
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Police are hunting a “calm and confident” pervert dressed as a Roman warrior who twice flashed at women workers at a costume shop.
The man asked to try on a centurion outfit at Havering Fancy Dress Shop in High Street, Hornchurch, before exposing himself to two members of staff who were working alone on consecutive days in November.
The deviant then rang back a week later to admit his crime.
First victim and manager Emma Tuvey, 38, said: “He said he was looking for outfits for him and his wife for a party. He was well-dressed and came across as a nice, normal guy.
“He was trying on the garment in the changing room and then he asked me to help him do up the back of his tunic.
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“When I reached the middle of his back, I realised he wasn’t wearing any underpants and when he turned around he was either aroused or well-endowed.”
Emma decided to report the incident to police when the man returned the following day and bent over - again in the centurion outfit and again without pants – this time in front of a younger employee.
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“When he first came in, I wasn’t sure what he was up to, but then when I found out he had come back and basically done the same thing I knew I had to ring the police,” said Emma. “I have a teenage daughter and there are a lot of women who work on the high street so the police needed to know.
“He seemed so calm and confident; it definitely wasn’t the first time he’s done something like this.”
The man, described as aged between 50 and 55, rang the shop a week after the first incident, asking for Emma by name, before admitting he had intentionally flashed her.
She added: “He seemed upset that I wasn’t interested in him. I’m made of stern stuff but the whole thing has freaked me out and my husband has been collecting me after work.”
Anyone with information about the incidents, on November 27 and 28, should call Havering Police on 101.