As police step-up efforts to ensure that people committing acts of public indecency are prosecuted for the ‘full’ extent of their offending, we can reveal that Mexborough is one of the worst areas in the area for reports of the offence.
The warning comes after figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request revealed police in the Doncaster metropolitan borough, which includes Conisbrough and Mexborough, have received a total of 48 complaints of public indecency since 2010.
In addition, 17 people have also been charged with offences of public indecency, which is defined as acts of nudity or sexual activity in view of the public.
Two of the people believed to have been committing acts of public indecency escaped with just cautions.
Detective Inspector Jade Brice, from Doncaster police, said: “The data shows that over the last five years, we have received over 40 reports of outraging public decency offences.
“The vast majority of these reports involved an individual allegedly exposing themselves to other members of the public.
“Incidents of this nature can be highly distressing for victims and witnesses, so they are thoroughly investigated so that offenders can be quickly identified.
“Senior officers in Doncaster also recognise that offenders engaging in such crimes may be responsible for more than one offence of exposure or other related offences, so they are investigating applying a broader mindset to this type of offending, to ensure they are prosecuted for their full offending in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service.
“In the last five years that the data period covers, we have charged 17 people in outraging public indecency offences, demonstrating our commitment to making Doncaster safer.”
The Freedom of Information request revealed the areas in Doncaster where reports of public indecency have been made.
• Cantley - 6
• Mexborough - 6
• Belle Vue - 5
• Town centre - 5
• Balby - 3
• Armthorpe - 2
• Carcroft - 2
• Scawthorpe - 2
• Wheatley - 2
• Auckley - 1
• Bentley - 1
• Edenthorpe - 1
• Hexthorpe - 1
• Hooton Pagnell - 1
• Hyde Park - 1
• Sunnyfields - 1
• Wheatley Hills - 1
• Woodlands - 1