Serial flasher drove around naked with blow up doll in passenger seat

A serial flasher drove with an inflatable sex doll in the passenger seat of his car, a court heard.

A man saw Shane Turner, 50, was wearing a little black dress then nothing at all when he passed him again in his Ford Ka.

The witness was among a group who saw the naked man turn into a school car park weeks later in January, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Turner denied breaching a court order he got after a terrifying campaign of exposing himself to lone women at night in Exeter – sometimes by a graveyard, PlymouthLive reports.

But a jury found him guilty by a unanimous verdict of breaching the 2016 Sexual Harm Prevention Order after a four-day trial.

The conviction relates to the second incident outside Tavistock Primary and Nursery School on January 9 last year.

Turner, who has been dubbed the "Tavistock Flasher", tried to claim that he had been wearing a flesh-coloured woman’s strappy top near the school, holding the garment up in the dock.

He was not charged in connection with driving about the inflatable doll, which the witness said happened some time before Christmas 2019.

Recorder David Shepherd released Turner on bail for a probation report before sentencing on June 11.

The judge said: “You have been convicted by the jury of a single offence. I do not know what I am going to do when it comes to sentence.

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“I make it clear to you that all options are open, including custody. This is a serious offence in breach of a court order for previous serious offences. Be in no doubt of how seriously I take it.”

The prosecution’s main witness told the jury that a Ford Ka turned into the primary school car park at about 7.20pm that January night.

He said he was few feet away on the driver’s side with other men and women nearby with torches.

The man said: “He did not appear to be wearing anything. That is what caught my attention.

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“I could see his head, shoulders, body, lap and genitals.”

The witness said that his group carried on to the adjoining car park at Tavistock Community College, where they saw the same car being driven around a few minutes later.

He added that he recalled seeing the man in a similar car a few weeks before in nearby Pixon Lane.

The man said: “What attracted my attention is that he had an inflatable sex doll on the passenger side of the car. He appeared to be wearing a little black dress.

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“It did make me stop and wonder. It was quite an unusual sight.”

The witness said that he Googled “Tavistock flasher” and found a Daily Mirror story about Shane Turner with a picture from 2016.

He said that he later saw the man fully clothed at the tills of Morrisons in Tavistock and took his Ford Ka's registration.

Turner, who was locked up five years ago for a campaign of exposing himself in Exeter had breached the court order once already by having a video or audio recording device without informing the police keeping an eye on him.

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