Durham’s naked runner caught by his love for Haribo

naked runner arrested because of haribo packet

A man who has been running on the riverbanks of Durham in nothing but a pair of running shoes has been successfully caught by police, thanks to his love of Haribo.

Durham police have been receiving reports about the naked man from a number of female runners since April, who had been using the riverside footpaths between Durham Rowing Club and the Maiden Castle sports complex.

Police believe there may have also been a number of unreported incidents, and even sent plain clothes officers along the footpath, posing as female joggers, in an attempt to catch the offender.

Yet a breakthrough came earlier this week, when officers found the spot on a disused railway bridge in which the man used to spot his victims coming. On the bridge was an empty Haribo packet, with a crumpled receipt from the nearby shop the naked runner had visited. Using CCTV footage, police were able to discover the identity of the 18-year-old flasher. The man has since been arrested after confessing to all the offenses.

Sergeant Kay Howarth of the Durham City Police told The Northern Echo:

“This was quite an unusual case because the riverside in Durham is usually such a safe place and is visited by families all the time, which made us all the more determined to catch him.

“It must have been very alarming for these women to have a stranger jump out at them while they were simply out enjoying a run.


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“Our officers were determined to find this man and we will continue to work to make sure Durham is a safe place for everyone.”

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