POLICE are investigating after a woman was approached by a man 'wearing nothing apart from a purple Santa hat, a beige rucksack and shoes'. The incident happened at around 4.15pm on Friday, January 4.

A local woman, aged in her 50s, was walking in Rempstone Forest, Corfe Castle, when the naked man approached her in the opposite direction. He said hello and continued walking.

He is described as around five feet seven inches tall, of athletic build, aged in his early to mid 40s, with short mousy hair, facial stubble and very tanned. He spoke with a local accent.

He had parked his van near a private road sign off the Corfe Castle to Studland road. His van is described as small, beige or white, and with a chequered black and white flag painted on the driver’s door. It had a bike rack on the back.

A second woman also reported that she had seen the naked man in the same area on the same day.

Police investigating the incident say they are still trying to establish "what, if any, offences were committed".

Police Constable Jackie Kearle, of Dorset Police, said: “I would ask the man involved, or anyone who knows who he is, to please contact Dorset Police so we can establish more details.”