May 2021

Serial flasher drove around naked and kept blow up doll in his car

A serial flasher drove around Devon towns with an inflatable sex doll in the passenger seat of his car

Shane Turner, aged 50, was wearing a little black dress when he passed a man in Tavistock.

The same man later saw Turner drive past in a Ford Ka wearing nothing at all.

He was part of a group of men and women who saw the naked man turn into a school car park on a January night, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

A jury found that Turner was in breach of a court order imposed five years ago for a terrifying campaign of exposing himself to lone female at night in Exeter – sometimes by a graveyard.

Turner, of Mary Tavy near Tavistock, went on trial after denying that he broke the terms of the Sexual Harm Prevention Order from 2016.

He is banned from exposing his genitals in public.

But a jury found him guilty by a unanimous verdict after a four-day trial.

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

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 it was an unusual case.

He told the defendant: “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.

“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.

“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.

“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 added that it was the same man he had seen.

The court heard that he also later picked out an image of Turner from a video identification procedure.

The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said that he later saw the man fully clothed at the tills of Morrisons in Tavistock.

He followed him to the car park and saw him get into a Ford Ka, making a note of the registration.

Turner 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.

But the witness insisted he had been naked.

Turner was locked up five years ago for a campaign of exposing himself in Exeter.

He lurked around alleys near a graveyard and continued to expose himself to terrified victims.

Turner was caught after a brave mother caught him on mobile phone footage.

She spotted him naked from the waist down in Exeter at 3am one morning, asking: “Excuse me, mate, why do you keep walking around naked?”

Police said he was finally brought to justice when officers mounted a special operation in Cowick Street and waited beside his BMX bike for him to pick it up.

Turner was handed the Sexual Harm Prevention Order to curb his perverted antics.

He has breached it once already by having a video or audio recording device without informing the police keeping an eye on him.

The offence from last year makes his latest conviction even more serious.