Posted on 4th August 2017
A man has today been jailed after embarking on a series of crimes in the city centre, including exposing himself to shoppers.
Scott Taylor was arrested after we received reports of a man walking in the St Peter’s Street area of Derby with his trousers down.
He had also exposed himself inside several shops in the city over the course of the incident, which happened on Wednesday afternoon.
It is believed Taylor had taken synthetic cannabinoids prior to that particular offence.
The 35-year-old, of no fixed abode, was charged with a public order offence, outraging public decency, criminal damage, two counts of shoplifting, stealing a bicycle, and vehicle interference.
Taylor appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court earlier today, where he admitted all of the charges.
He has now been jailed for 32 weeks.
PC Tenielle Hardwick, from Derby City Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This incident shows the dangers of taking synthetic cannabinoids and that the user has no idea what is happening to them when under the influence of the substance.
“The use of the substances drastically changes the behaviour of the user and this can be frightening and distressing for members of the public to see.
“Scott Taylor’s behaviour, in the middle of the day and in the city centre, was absolutely unacceptable.
“People who visit our city do not deserve to be faced with someone exposing himself and acting in the way that he did.
“That behaviour was down to him taking synthetic cannabinoids, which is a priority issue for us in the city centre.
“I hope this sentence shows that we take it extremely seriously and we will continue to pursue not only convictions, but also longer term solutions with our partner agencies to properly deal with the issue.”