IN COURT: Man showed notes to women asking to see their breasts

A 39-YEAR-OLD man has admitted showing notes to five women asking them to expose their breasts on a canal towpath.

Cheltenham Magistrates Court heard last Monday, December 12 how the incidents happened along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal in October.

Startled women were confronted by Ashley Brown who silently showed them signs which said ‘Show me your breasts’ and other crude comments.

Brown, of no fixed address, also admitted a number of other charges, including indecently exposing himself to a woman at a beauty spot.

Brown’s lawyer, Tim Burrows, said his client had mental health issues and was due to see a psychiatrist.

The court heard about a sequence of events which began in March.

On March 29, Brown caused problems at GL1 leisure centre in Gloucester and was banned.

Two days later he returned, swearing and shouting with what appeared to be a screwdriver in his fist.

Police were called and he was arrested.

On July 12, he was arrested after causing problems at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital which included lighting a fire in the grounds.

On September 5, Brown approached a woman on a pathway in Stroud with a small can which the woman believed to be pepper spray.

His actions put the woman in fear of violence.

Later, he pointed a can of spray at a woman on the canal path at Ryeford Bridge.

The court heard how she was rescued by a dog walker and Brown was arrested.

The court was then told about incidents on Monday, October 17 on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal when Brown displayed handwritten signs to five lone women asking them to show their breasts.

One was a mum with her 18-month old daughter.

The final set of offences occurred the next day after which Brown was arrested and remanded into custody.

Magistrates heard how he exposed himself to a woman and was naked from the waist down at a beauty spot at Edge near Stroud.

The police searched the area and found Brown in a tent.

They also found a notepad with the offending signs.

Brown admitted using threatening behaviour, causing a nuisance to NHS staff, four common assaults, five charges of showing offensive notes and two indecent exposures

He was remanded into custody and will be sentenced on February 20.

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