April 2021

Serial flasher who terrorised students almost 30 times avoids jail

A serial flasher who terrorised students almost 30 times in a single month has avoided jail.

Riki Phillips targeted a string of undergraduates in the Selly Oak area of the city last March

The victims were left alarmed and distressed, although none were directly touched by him, West Midlands Police said.

Phillips, from Rubery Lane South, Rubery, was arrested on March 24 last year after a member of the public saw him acting strangely. He resisted arrest, injuring two officers.

Phillips was charged with 25 incidents of indecent exposure, two assaults on police officers and a public order offence.

He was given a hospital order after a two-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court.