May 2008

Buckden flasher put on sex offender register

A flasher who exposed himself in Buckden on four occasions has been ordered to pay compensation to his victims.

Grimsby man Robert Bellamy, 56, must also sign the sex offender’s register for five years, magistrates at Huntingdon ruled.

The court heard how Bellamy, a married father, would stop his car to ask directions from elderly women while exposing himself from behind the wheel.

The Mercedes worker hung his head as prosecutor Sylvia Cundell outlined details of the offences, which took place between September 2007 and February 2008.

The first offence, in September, involved a 70-year-old woman and took place at the junction of Church Street and Buckden High Street.

In October, an 82-year-old and an 80-year-old woman were victims of Bellamy, who asked directions to Buckden’s chemist on both occasions, Ms Cundell said.

Bellamy was eventually caught when a 39-year-old woman spotted him exposing himself in a parked car in Buckden on February 5.

She took his licence plate details and reported him to police, who questioned him, Ms Cundell added. He later admitted his involvement in the earlier incidents.

It is thought the logistics control worker would stop off on his way to or from his workplace in Bedford to carry out the exposures.

Representing Bellamy, solicitor David Potter said his client ‘cannot give any explanation’ for his behaviour but said the court appearances were severely affecting him.

His wife of 32 years was disgusted with his behaviour, but was standing by him, Mr Potter added.

Bellamy, of Coniston Crescent, Grimsby, was ordered to pay each of his four victims £100 in compensation along with £85 prosecution costs. He was ordered to sign the sex offender’s register for five years and handed a three-year community order to address his offending.