A man publicly masturbated in a playing field frequented by children, it has been claimed.

Two members of the public phoned police stating that the man had exposed himself in Dracaena Fields yesterday (Wednesday July 10).

Posting on a local Facebook group, Kimberley Coleman said: "Parents on Old Hill.... please be aware if your children go out to play over Dracaena Fields they stay extra safe... man sat masturbating in broad day light under a tree.

"Mental health issues or not I just want people aware as I’m utterly shocked."

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson confirmed that an incident had been reported, but neither of the people who called witnessed it themselves.

One of the callers had seen the man suspected of exposing himself walking away from the area, and the other arrived at the park to find that the man had already left.

No further enquiries are being made as no offences were witnessed and subsequently reported.

Anyone who did witness an offence yesterday is encouraged to contact police via 101.