Binmen shocked at ‘laughing’ Burnley flasher (26)

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Binmen doing their rounds on a Burnley street were shocked to see a laughing flasher, a court was told.

Police were called because of three “drunk” men, who were aggressive towards the refuse collectors, shouting and causing damage.

A female officer arrived to find Aaron Roberts had dropped his shorts in a front garden, but pulled them up as soon as he spotted her. Roberts (26) made “a thrusting motion for all to see,” after exposing himself, Burnley magistrates heard.

The hearing was told how a refuse supervisor told police he had been “disgusted” by what he had seen, as there were a lot of people around and children had been on their way to school not long before.

Roberts, a young dad with a drink problem, ended up being struck with a baton and PAVA sprayed by police in the garden, but was so inebriated it did not seem to have much effect.

The defendant, of Reynolds Street, Burnley, admitted exposure and resisting police, on April 25th. He was given a two-month curfew, seven days a week, between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. and must pay £55 costs.

Mrs Alex Mann (prosecuting) said it seemed Roberts had been acting stupidly, and his actions were “not really to upset females.”

The refuse collectors had been on Harold Avenue about 9 a.m. and police were called because of the three men causing trouble.

Mr Richard Taylor (defending) said: “He appears before you a chastened young man, embarrassed and ashamed for what he has done. He is somebody who recognises he has a significant problem with alcohol and since this incident, he has self-referred himself to Inspire.”

Mr Taylor said Roberts had been at his friend’s house and had gone out into the garden to urinate, but things went a stage further.

The solicitor added the defendant, who was on benefits, suffered from schizophrenia and was on medication, but had not been taking it at the time.