Serial flasher avoids prison sentence

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A serial flasher who indecently exposed himself to six women in Garstang and Wyre has avoided prison.

Michael Barber, 56, of Trunnah Road, Thornton-Cleveleys, pleaded guilty at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court to exposing himself to the women in six separate incidents at the end of May.

But magistrates decided not to send him to prison and instead handed him a nine-month supervised community order, which will run until May 21, 2014.

They also gave Barber a 90-day home curfew, which is in effect until November 25, and prevents him from leaving his house between the hours of 8pm and 8am.

In a previous appearance at the court, Barber admitted “intentionally exposing his genitals intending that someone would see them and be caused alarm or distress” in Castle Lane, Garstang, near to Sainsbury’s, at around 4.45pm on May 29 this year.

He pleaded guilty to committing the same offence in Longmoor Lane, Nateby, near to Garstang Gym, at around 7pm, in Ainspool Lane, Churchtown, at around 7.30pm, in Brock Road, Great Eccleston, at around 7.45pm, and in Thistleton Road, Thistleton, at around 8pm on the same day.

He also admitted committing the offence in Market Street, Hambleton, two days later on May 31 at around 6.20pm. His victims reported the exposures to police, who later arrested Barber after a short search.

They said each incident appeared to be random, involving women who were passing by, and that it was not believed any of the women were deliberately targeted.

Barber, on unconditional bail throughout the proceedings, appeared at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on August 22.

Magistrates also ordered Barber to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.