Serial flasher at Brighouse railway station sentenced

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A serial flasher who carried out a spate of offences around Brighouse railway station earlier this year has been made the subject of a three-year community order.

Daniel Ford’s youngster victim was a 16-year-old schoolgirl who had to run to her grandma’s home after being pursued by him through the town centre.

Following that exposure incident on June 17 the teenager told police she had been really scared when she heard Ford running behind her.

“I was really upset by what happened...really scared,” she told police.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know if he was going to attack me or not.”

The day after that incident a woman, who had previously been a victim of Ford’s disgusting behaviour, saw him in his dressing gown and alerted the police.

During questioning 25-year-old Ford, of Bridge End, Brighouse, admitted being responsible for the spate of incidents around the railway station.

At an earlier court hearing he admitted six offences of exposure and asked for a further incident to be taken into consideration.

Prosecutor Charlotte Worsley told Judge John Potter that between February and June, Ford, who had no previous convictions, had indecently exposed himself to females aged between 16 and 55.

Miss Worsley said all the offences were committed during the daytime and five of them took place around the railway station premises.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Ford had exposed himself to women on the platforms and to female passengers on trains which had stopped at the station.

Ford’s case had been adjourned from July so that a psychiatric report could be prepared on him and after reading the report Judge Potter decided that he could be sentenced to a three-year community order.

The judge said it was difficult to discern what had caused Ford to behave in the way that he did and the incident with the teenager had caused him concern.

But the judge said the report did not suggest that Ford posed a significant risk and he noted that he had not stopped using cannabis and was benefitting from psychiatric help for the first time.

“That leads me to the view that you can properly be placed within the community receiving treatment for what is clearly an issue requiring treatment,” said Judge Potter.

Under the order Ford will have to do 80 hours unpaid work and take part in a sex offender treatment programme.

He will also be supervised by the probation service for three years and he will now had to register as a sex offender with the police for the next five years.

Judge Potter said if Ford had denied the offences and been found guilty by a jury he would have sent him straight to prison and he warned him that he could still go to jail if he breached the terms of the three-year order.