Serial flasher jailed after indecent exposure at mother and baby in park

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A MOTHER and her 13-month-old baby were followed through a Northampton park by a serial flasher who was exposing himself.

Colin Harrison, aged 45, has now been banned from entering or loitering near public parks after he was jailed for his latest offence.

He had drunk three litres of cider and was sitting on a bench in Victoria Park, St James, Northampton at 1pm on November 3 last year before the flashing incident took place.

James McLernon, prosecuting at Northampton Crown Court yesterday, said that as a mother and child walked past, she saw he had his trousers undone.

He added: “She noticed that the defendant was smiling at them and did not take much notice but as they got closer, she could see he was holding his penis in his hand.

“He continued to walk behind them as she made her way to the exit.

“She was particularly frightened because there was no one else in the vicinity.”

The court heard the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, telephoned her husband and then the police, but was able to flag down a passing police car.

Officers found Harrison still sitting in the park.

Harrison, of Weedon Road, St James, Northampton, who was convicted of outraging public decency, was jailed for four months. Mr McLernon said he was first convicted in 2007 and again in 2009 before being given a three-year community order for a similar offence in 2010.

He had again been drinking when spotted at a bus stop in Barrack Road, exposing himself.

Sentencing, Recorder Geoffrey Kelly said: “It is actually a very serious offence because of the effect it has on the public and on those who are the victims of your behaviour.

“You do not seem to have any idea of the fear you engendered in her mind in doing what you did, You were given a chance in 2010 and you did not take it.

“In my mind, particularly due to the fact you followed this woman, this is so serious only an immediate custodial sentence can be imposed.”

Harrison was made subject to an indefinite sexual offences’ prevention order banning him from public parks while in drink, exposing himself or “loosening his garments” and from approaching or communicating with any woman he does not know.