July 2019

Former England u-16s player caught masturbating in country park with trousers round his ankles

A former England under-16s footballer was caught with his trousers round his ankles as he masturbated in a popular country park, a court heard.

Lee Parmley was reported to police by a concerned member of the public who saw him “exposing himself” in the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park in Ashington , Northumberland .

A court heard the 38-year-old took two pornographic magazines out of a black bag, pulled down his trousers and underwear and started to masturbate – unaware that police officers were watching him.

Despite being caught with his pants round his ankles, Parmley initially said the officers were “wrong” and that he had simply been sitting having a cigarette.

But he later admitted the offence and pleaded guilty to one charge of outraging public decency at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court .

The court heard Parmley was a once promising footballer whose decline into drugs and crime put an end to his hopes of a career in the sport.

Prosecutor James Long said that at around 11.15am on March 26 this year police received a call from a concerned member of the public saying a male was exposing himself in the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park.

He told the court: “They approached the defendant from behind. He was standing in a wooded area, oblivious of the police officers approaching.

“At this stage he appeared to have both hands down his trousers.

“He pulled his trousers and underwear down, exposing his penis.”

The court heard Parmley then removed two magazines from a black bag and started to masturbate.

Mr Long said the magazines were later discovered to be pornographic magazines.

The police officers approached Parmley and asked what he was doing, it was said.

At that point he stood up “with his trousers and underwear still round his ankles”.

Mr Long said: “They make him decent and he was arrested.

“The defendant was interviewed under caution and said the police officers who witnessed what had happened were wrong, that he had simply been having a cigarette.

“He said he had simply found the magazines on the ground.”

Parmley, of Waterloo Road, Blyth , but currently staying in Byker Bridge accommodation, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 15 days’ activity requirement and told to pay an £85 victim surcharge and a £40 contribution towards court costs.

Magistrates also imposed an exclusion zone banning him from Queen Elizabeth II park for 12 months.