January 2021

Man jailed for performing sex act on platform at Flint railway station

A man who exposed himself and performed a sexual act on the platform at Flint railway station has been jailed for 16 months, following a British Transport Police investigation.

Mark Jones, 39, of Church Street, Flint, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency and breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court on 14 December 2020.

At around 7.20pm on 11 December 2020, a member of rail staff spotted Jones exposing his genitals and masturbating on the platform in full view of members of the public and passing trains.

Officers attended and arrested Jones on suspicion of outraging public decency. Jones was also later arrested for breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), specifically not to be under the influence of non-prescribed drugs in a public place and not to expose his genitals and/or masturbate in a public place.

Jones was sentenced to 16 months in prison at Mold Crown Court on 7 January 2021 and was handed a new SHPO for five years.