BREAKING SOUTHAMPTON

Man found guilty of indecent exposure in Fordingbridge

A man has been found guilty of two counts of indecently exposing himself to women in Fordingbridge last year.

Following a three day trial at Southampton Crown Court, Robert Oakley, aged 51, of Lyon Street, Southampton was found guilty by a jury for exposing himself on two occasions to lone women in January 2020.

The court heard how Oakley had frequented a popular dog walking area near Frog Lane in Fordingbridge on January 25 at 3.20pm and exposed himself to 33-year-old woman walking alone with her dogs. Oakley again visited the same rural area between 12.30 and 1pm on January 28 and exposed himself to another woman, aged 34-years-old, also walking alone with her dog.

PC Sarah Taylor said: We would like to thank those women who came forward and told us what happened to them. Being subjected to something like this can be very distressing and shocking, sometimes leaving a victim unsure of what to do or how to report this kind of thing to us.

We absolutely want to receive your call and bring offenders like Oakley to justice. If it’s happening now, always call 999.

These incidents rightly concerned the community in Fordingbridge at the time and we’re pleased to be able to say now that we were able to put a stop to this, with the community’s help.

Oakley will be sentenced on May 11.