A WOMAN was left shocked after a youth followed her and exposed himself in broad daylight.

The victim has told of her horror after the young man stood smirking at her whilst performing a sexual act in the middle of a residential street.

The dog walker was out enjoying a leisurely stroll on Sunday morning with her pets on the golf course near Troon Railway Station when she began to become aware of the youth walking towards her on the road by the side of the course.

She told the Advertiser: “I was out walking my dogs on the grass strip parallel to Harling Drive.

“I was conscious of this boy walking along the road towards me. I looked up and he stopped. Half way down the fork, there is another wee cut off.

“He went behind a tree and in hindsight he was doing something, he kept peaking over at me from behind the tree, but I just never gave it a second thought.

“I was just out enjoying a walk on a nice morning.

“I came off the course and he then caught up with me.

“I crossed the road and I was just stop starting, so he had to bypass me.

“He was just sauntering down the road, never gave it another thought, but he stopped next to a wall and just smirked at me. It was out and he was facing me. I said right I’m getting the police, and he just bolted off straight away.

“He knew what he was doing, he smirked right at me.

“If I never said I was phoning the police he probably would have just kept going.”

She has warned others to be vigilant after the ordeal and is worried things could have been worse.

She added: “It’s the fact he stopped where he was going and turned to follow me.

“What would have happened if I was a young girl his age? It’s scary.”

Police have launched an appeal to trace the suspect who is described as white, around 14-years-old, around 5ft in height and wearing a black baseball cap, black jogging bottoms and black trainers.

Communities Inspector Frank Braddick said: “We would like to speak to anyone who might have seen someone fitting this description in that area around 9am.

“This can be a busy area with other dog walkers and golfers so if anyone has any information relating to this incident, please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Ayr Police Station via 101, quoting incident number 1475 of August 25.

Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.