Shocked residents have been left worried after a naked peeping tom was spotted looking through windows.

The man believed to be in his twenties was wearing just a beanie hat at the time.

It was reported on last Thursday to the police after the beanie wearing man trawled the street naked near Alfred Street, Carlisle, exposing his genitals and looking into people's windows.

One shocked resident who didn’t want to be named is warning others to be careful and thinks that he was trying to scare people. At first she had thought if was a ghost but now wants women to be cautious and make sure they lock their doors and windows.

Councillor Louise Atkinson was shocked that something like this has happened. “ I really want to urge people to report this kind of thing and make sure the police are aware," she said.

“It is important that we protect each other.”

Cumbria police have since put out an appeal asking the public to call them if they know who the man is or if they saw the incident.

A spokesman for the police said: “We were contacted at 4.23pm on May 7 to a report of an incident exposure at an address on Alfred Street, Carlisle.

“It was reported that a man, who was naked, was walking round a property and looking through the windows.

“The man is described as being in his twenties, between 5ft 9in and 6ft tall, of medium build and was wearing a beanie hat at the time of incident.”

Anyone with information on this incident should contact police on 101.

This incident comes after a huge campaign by Cumbria police to help improve women’s safety. The ‘Call It Out’ campaign, which was announced by Cumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner Peter McCall, seeks to understand the concerns of women across the county and use this to address behaviour and crime that must be challenged.

The campaign was in response to the tragic death of Sarah Everard in London which prompted women across the UK to share their experiences and feelings of being unsafe, intimidated or harassed and we’re wanting to understand how women in Cumbria feel.

Feeling unsafe is not exclusive to women, however sexual violence and harassment offences are overwhelmingly committed by men against women.

If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, you can contact The Bridgeway’s free 24/7 helpline on 0808 118 6432.