The manager of a sports shop was shocked to see a man pleasuring himself among the menswear rails.

Blackburn magistrates heard Shueyb Yusf turned towards the female manager and walked towards her still masturbating.

"She quickly walked round the corner and called security," said Catherine Allan, prosecuting.

Yusuf, 26, of Audley Lane, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to indecent exposure. He was made subject to community supervision for 18 months, a curfew between 12 and 6 pm for eight weeks and ordered to pay £180 criminal court charge, £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge. He was placed on the Sex Offender Register for five years.

Miss Allan said Yusuf had a previous caution for indecent exposure.

Angela Rossi, defending, said there were mental health issues for her client.

"He is due to start work in a takeaway which is father is opening in a few weeks time," said Miss Rossi.