Promenade flasher is 
a ‘nuisance to women’

Christopher Woodall, 38, exposed himself to two women who were walking near to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Christopher Woodall, 38, exposed himself to two women who were walking near to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
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A man who exposed himself to two women people on Blackpool Promenade has been given 46 weeks jail by a judge who labelled him “an absolute nuisance to women”.

Christopher Woodall had previous convictions for similar behaviour, Preston Crown Court was told.

He had approached two women, one of whom was walking a dog, near the Pleasure Beach during the evening on July 18.

He tried to give one of them a pink wristband.

The women refused and carried on walking to get away from him before he exposed himself, said Robert Smith, prosecuting.

Woodall started speaking to the women but it was too garbled for them to make out what he was saying. He pursued the women for a short while before going to a car park opposite the Pleasure Beach.

Witnesses kept him in their sights. The police were called and he was arrested at the scene.

The 38- year-old, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to an offence of exposure.

One of the women has been left feeling very wary of walking alone anywhere in Blackpool because of her experience, the court heard.

When walking her dog, she has changed her route, for fear of seeing him again.

Woodall had 95 previous offences to his name, including some for exposure.

Judge Jacqueline Beech said: “He is an absolute nuisance to women”.

Virginia Hayton, defending, said he had now spent 21 weeks on remand in custody.

She said the offence was abhorrent and he should have known better, bearing in mind his previous convictions.

The barrister asked him to be given a sentence which would result in his immediate release, or release just before Christmas so that he could make peace with his family.

The judge said he had committed “chronic and persistent” misconduct, regarding his exposing himself in public.

Woodall will also be on the Sex Offender’s Register for 10 years.