Parents’ fury at leering flasher

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A CONVICTED Wigan sex offender exposed himself in the middle of the street in full view of several youngsters, a court heard.

Ashley Shaw admitted flashing his private parts at children as young as four years old on bank holiday Monday after drinking three litres of cider.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court also heard how the 24-year-old - who is still subject to an unexpired prison sentence - is already listed on the Sex Offenders’ Register following a 2007 conviction for sexual assault.

Katie McFarlane, prosecuting, told how Shaw was spotted dancing in the middle of the street, wearing just a T-shirt and boxer shorts, near to a group of children as they played.

He then approached the youngsters - who ranged from four to eight years old - and shouted at them before exposing himself.

Witnesses told police how Shaw then carried on dancing and shouting in front of the children and “wiggling his hips.”

The mother of one of the children shouted at Shaw to cover himself up before chasing the smirking defendant down the street as he repeatedly swore at her.

After she returned to the house, her daughter cried herself to sleep.

Then, the following morning, one of Shaw’s friends knocked on her door to ask what had happened.

A short while later Shaw turned up at the house to apologise, and claimed he was “only having a wee”.

But she refused to accept his apology and called the police.

The father of one of the other children also told police that the incident had left his daughter “tearful and scared” and struggling to sleep.

In interview, Shaw, of Conrad Close, Worsley Mesnes, said he had visited a friend’s house on that day but couldn’t remember leaving because he was so drunk.

He said he felt ashamed of what he had done and agreed that no child should ever be subjected to that kind of behaviour.

Colin Rawson, defending Shaw, accepted that it was “not a nice incident” but asked for his client to be given maximum credit for his early guilty plea.

He also said there were no verbal or physical threats made towards the children.

Magistrates asked the probation service to compile a pre-sentence report but gave no indication of the possible sentence.

Shaw was remanded in custody and is next due at Wigan Magistrates’ Court before a District Judge on May 25.