A FLASHER exposed himself to three woman in less than an hour.

Imran Ahmed, 28, of Stirling Drive, Blackburn, struck in Blackburn town centre and the Audley Range area on Monday.

Blackburn magistrates heard that Ahmed had mental health issues which had resulted in the Crown Prosecution Service dropping some charges against him in December.

But the court was told Ahmed was fit to plead, knew what he had done was wrong and needed help. Ahmed, of Sterling Drive, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent exposure.

He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Isla Chilton, prosecuting, said the first incident happened at 4pm on Monday in Audley Range.

A woman saw Ahmed waiting at a bus stop and when she came out of the Post Office he had his trousers around his ankles and was holding his T-shirt up, fully exposing himself.

Half an hour later he repeated his behaviour on Blackburn Boulevard and 15 minutes after that he struck in Audley Range.

When interviewed Ahmed confirmed he knew what he was doing and that it was wrong.

He said he did it because he was angry at life because his wife, family and friends had turned against him, the court heard.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client was clearly unwell.

“It is a terrible shame but he knows what he is doing is wrong,” said Mr Taylor. "He is fit to plead and clearly he needs help.”