A MUM has been left in a state-of-shock after a man “exposed himself” in front of children in a Basildon park.

Police have launched an investigation after the incident last week in Gloucester Park which saw a man allegedly expose himself to a woman, her friend and their children.

The group initially felt “like they were being followed” before confronting the man, who they claim then exposed his genitals.

The woman, who would like to remain anonymous, said: “My children are three and one and I was with my friend, we were walking from the Plough and Tractor Pub to the children’s park.

“I’m quite wary so I noticed there was a man walking behind us. It felt like he was really close behind me.

“I didn’t like how that felt so at first I asked him if he wanted to walk past, he didn’t respond and got his genitals out.

“My friend and I started shouting, it was disgusting, my children saw it.”

The victim called the police immediately and four officers attended the scene. No arrests have been made at this stage.

The incident took place at roughly 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Following the incident the victim’s friend followed the man and took photos of him discretely.

The victim added: “When my friend took the pictures she said he was actually roaming around the children’s park casually.

“In the moment I was just really scared for my children, I was shaking to be honest.

“I just think it’s really bad that they’re being brought up in such a sick world, I don’t feel like I’ll go to the park on my own anymore”

The man was described as quite short, around five foot three or four inches and of Asian or Middle Eastern descent.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “”We were called shortly after 6.20pm on Tuesday, September 26, to reports of an incident of indecent exposure at Gloucester Park, Basildon.

“Our investigation into this matter is progressing. If you have any information, then you should contact us.

“Please quote incident 42/173102/23. You can call us on 101, in an emergency always call 999.

“If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.”