POLICE are appealing for witnesses after reports of a man acting inappropriately towards a three-year-old girl in a Cheltenham park.

The incident occurred on the King George V playing field, Hesters Way, at about 6pm on Saturday, July 12.

The toddler was with her three sisters, aged seven, eight and nine, and her 15-year-old cousin at the time.

Her cousin reported seeing a man pick the little girl up by the waist and place her stomach-down on a mini roundabout, lifting her dress to expose her underwear.

He then repositioned her legs and pushed the roundabout around.

The teenager, concerned by what she saw, quickly took her cousins home to tell their mother about the incident.

The man is described as white, in his 40s, about 5ft 8ins tall with short black hair and a thin trimmed beard along his jaw line.

He was wearing a red T-shirt, baggy dark blue trousers and flip flops.

Just before the incident, he was sitting on a nearby bench drinking from a can with a young girl, aged about seven and possibly his daughter, who rode a pink and white bike.

She had straight shoulder-length brown hair and wore a blue dress with white circles on it.

Anyone with information is asked call 101, quoting incident number 476 of 12/7/14.