Police are trying to track down a stalker who has been following a woman for four years in Barnstaple.

Officers have released an e-fit of the man they are looking to identify in relation to the ongoing harassment of a Barnstaple woman in her 50s.

The woman first contacted police in November last year to report that the man has been following her and approaching her on-and-ff in town.

The encounters have mainly happened in the Boutport Street area, around lunchtime, when he targets the woman and makes suggestive comments to her.

The victim has not been physically harmed but she has become increasingly frightened as the man’s actions of escalated.

Police said the victim does not know the offender.

The man is described as white, in his late 40s, more than 6ft tall and of medium build.

He has very bulbous eyes and is always dressed in dark blue clothing and carries a rucksack.

PC Frank Morgan, based at Bideford, said: “This has been a very intimidating and frightening ordeal for the victim, particularly as this has been going on for a long time.

“We are appealing to the public to help us identify this man. Anyone who recognises him or has seen someone who matches the description acting suspiciously around Barnstaple is asked to contact police.”

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or call 101, quoting crime reference CR/095208/17.

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers via 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

For more advice and support contact the police on 101 or contact the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300.