Blidworth serial flasher John Wilbraham jailed for exposing himself on buses

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A SERIAL flasher’s pleas for one last chance were ignored as a judge jailed him for exposing himself on South Yorkshire buses.

Blidworth pensioner John Wilbraham will spend a year behind bars for a string of offences which saw him perform a sex act in full view of teenagers using public transport.

Sheffield Crown Court was told that the 71-year-old repeatedly made a 70-mile round trip to Meadowhall Interchange from his home to use the X78 service between June and July last year, despite being banned from using buses by a sexual offences prevention order.

On four occasions, he exposed himself to girls and boys between the ages of 15 and 17, performing a sex act and making angry grunting noises.

Wilbraham, who has convictions for exposure dating back to 1970, did so while subject to a community order imposed for similar offences at Doncaster Crown Court in 2010.

Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting, said: “A 17-year-old witness said the ordeal left her not wanting to use public transport and scared of older men.”

CCTV was used to trace Wilbraham, of Meadow Road, and he was arrested last August.

He admitted four counts of indecent exposure and six breaches of a sexual offences prevention order at an earlier hearing at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.

Wilbraham begged forgiveness and a final chance to address his behaviour.

He said: “It doesn’t happen on trains or trams. I am finally admitting to myself I am not giving people a laugh or a giggle. I am a silly old man who is going around upsetting people.”

Wilbraham was jailed for 12 months and banned from using a bus without prior written consent from police.

Judge Peter Kelson said: “You are a repeat offender and have exhausted the court’s patience. I hope you have beaten your offending, but I cannot take chances on the welfare of the children of South Yorkshire.”