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‘Predator’ ex-footballer who flashed mum and daughter avoids jail

Former Premier League striker Neil Shipperley, who admitted exposing himself to a mother and her 16-year-old daughter, has avoided a jail term.

The 45-year-old, who played for several clubs including Chelsea and Crystal Palace, showed his genitals and masturbated in front of the pair as he drove alongside them in west London in September, a court heard.

Prosecutor Shaan Sethi told Uxbridge Magistrates' Court that Shipperley had wound his window down and stopped his van near them.

He said the woman and her daughter had turned to thank Shipperley for letting them cross the road, but then noticed that "he was holding his penis in his hand and staring directly at them".

Image: Shipperley played for several clubs, including Crystal Palace

The court heard they walked away, but Shipperley carried on following them.

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Mr Sethi said: "He continued to stare at the two women this time while masturbating" – adding that the pair tried to take a photo of his number plate.

"While the mother was on the phone to the police, they saw the defendant had parked himself between two buses further down the street, again staring at the two while masturbating."

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The woman was left feeling "disgusted" by the incident on Station Road in Hayes.

In a victim impact statement, she said: "Some people may see flashers as pests or a nuisance to society, my view of Neil Shipperley is as a predator.

"His aim was to intimidate us, to violate us, to shock us and to scare us."

She added: "My 16-year-old daughter was horrified and kept asking me 'mum what would have happened if I was on my own and you weren't with me'?".

Neil Shipperley was sentenced at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court
Image: The defendant was sentenced at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court

Shipperley, of West Drayton, west London, came face-to-face with the woman again when he voluntarily arrived at a police station and apologised, the court was told.

She also claimed that when she saw him, he had told her that if someone had done what he did to his own son "he would want to kill them".

During his first court appearance last month, the former centre forward pleaded guilty to the charges against him and has "expressed anguish, embarrassment, shame, but above all remorse", according to Sarah O'Kane, mitigatiRead More – Source