"Nudist area" highlighted on website
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A WOMAN reported a nudist to the police after she claims he exposed himself to her daughter on Findhorn beach.
The mother of the 13-year-old girl, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "We were letting our two dogs have a dip in the sea when we were blatantly exposed to a naked man who decided to stand up just as we got close to him and not make any effort to cover up.
"I said: 'you do realise you have just exposed yourself to an underage girl?'"
She added: "I have come across skinny-dippers many a time early in the morning but this was different. It just felt sinister and wrong."
The woman wants the public to be aware that Findhorn beach is being advertised as an unofficial naturalist site online at https://nakedscotland.org.uk/2-general/beaches
It states: "On hot summer days it's not uncommon to see people skinny dipping in the sea or sunbathing amongst the extensive sand dunes. I put this down to the multinational presence at the nearby Findhorn Foundation, lots of German, Dutch, and Scandinavian visitors use the beach.
"Use common sense, keep to the part of the beach between the end of the dunes and the beach entrance further East at Roseisle. People do walk their dogs or run along the beach, fortunately you can see them coming a long way off.
"The dunes offer seclusion and it's quite easy to find a sheltered spot to sunbathe nude."
The woman gave a statement to Police Scotland
She said: "They told me it's not a crime to be naked in public but anything that crosses over to sexual gratification is, which our encounter most definitely was."
There is a path from the scene of the incident which goes over the back dunes to the nearby Findhorn Foundation.
Local police inspector Keli McPhail confirmed enquiries were carried out there.
She said: "These included liaising with the Findhorn Foundation and the caravan park in the village in an effort to identify this male, however, we have not traced him."
Police liaison and head of security for the Findhorn Foundation and Findhorn Bay Holiday Park, Pete Finch, confirmed the police described the man as in his fifties, of average height with a Glaswegian accent.
He added: "He wasn't someone I could identify as a member of staff, a co-worker on the site or a guest. The police left in recognition of the fact that that particular pathway is open to members of the public."
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