Eastmoor flasher caught in park - told he must keep his trousers on

Godfrey Bignell: Appearing at Wakefield magistrate court charged with Outraging Public Decency.'w302a236

Godfrey Bignell: Appearing at Wakefield magistrate court charged with Outraging Public Decency.'w302a236

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A COURT has ordered a 60-year-old flasher to keep his trousers on in public.

Godfrey Bignell was given a two-year anti-social behaviour order after he was caught exposing himself at a park in Eastmoor.

The order states he must not while in public: “remove or attempt to remove any items of clothing which covers the genital area”, including “trouser’s shorts or 
underwear”.

Prosecutor Diane Gomersall said Bignell, of Harewood Road Eastmoor, was seen exposing himself and urinating in the park off Queen Elizabeth Road, Eastmoor, on August 21.

Mrs Gomersall said a resident told police she had been concerned for 12 months about repeated incidents of Bignell exposing himself in the same park.

When police arrived, they found Bignell and explained why they had been called.

Ms Gomersall said the resident then challenged him.

She told the court: “She did shout at him, ‘he was a dirty old man’. He replied, No I’m not.’

“He then made off on foot away from her and officers, who detained him a short distance away. He then made off again on foot. They gave clear instructions for him to stop.”

Officers eventually caught and arrested Bignell, who was found in possession of alcohol. Bignell pleaded guilty to outraging public decency.

Linda Wood, mitigating, said: “The Asbo is clearly the correct way forward for this man.”

Magistrate Pamela White making the Asbo, said: “We find you have acted in an anti-social manner and that people need protection from further anti-social acts by you.”

The order also includes a ban from Thornes and Wakefield Parks, causing or inciting harassment, alarm or distress, using threatening behaviour, possessing an open vessel of alcohol in a public place except while legitimately attending on-licensed premises, and being drunk in public .

Bignell was also fined £50 and ordered to pay £85 costs and the £15 victim surcharge.

He was also fined £50 for breaching an earlier bind over to keep the peace.