April 2021

Northampton man flashed lone woman at Kettering railway station as she waited for train

A man who exposed himself to a woman on the platform at Kettering railway station has been jailed for four months.

Steven Ross, 26, and of St. Peters Street, Northampton, appeared at Leicestershire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (April 6). He was found guilty of exposure and being in possession of a bladed article in a public place.

He was sent to prison for 16 weeks – six weeks for the exposure offence and 10 weeks for possession of a bladed article.

Ross was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for seven years.

On 30 March at 6.20pm, a 23-year-old woman was on-board a train service which terminated at Kettering station. As the woman waited on the platform for the next train, she noticed Ross seated on a bench on the platform.

A few minutes passed, and the woman turned around to see Ross, who had pulled his trousers and underwear down, touching himself inappropriately.

He continued the act while looking at the victim before she walked down the platform away from Ross and phoned her friend who advised her to call the police.

The victim then found two members of rail staff and told them what had happened. One of the staff members then escorted the woman onto a train for her safety.

Ross was then spotted by station staff boarding a train at Kettering station on Monday, April 5. They informed British Transport Police (BTP) and officers met the train in Leicester and arrested Ross in connection to the offence.

Ross was taken to custody where he was found to be in possession of a kitchen knife and further arrested for possession of a bladed article.