BMW driver ex­posed him­self to French chil­dren on coach

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Calls For Vigilance - By Paul Hooper

Chil­dren from a French school on a trip through Kent were stunned when they looked out through their coach win­dow.

Stalk­ing them in a BMW was a man at the wheel – wear­ing NOTH­ING but his seat belt!

The shocked young­sters be­gan tak­ing pic­tures with their mo­bile phones on the A20 trip from Folke­stone to Maid­stone – and po­lice were able to track down the driver.

Now for­mer prison of­fi­cer Anand Singh, 37, has ad­mit­ted twice com­mit­ting lewd acts out­rag­ing public de­cency.

And Can­ter­bury Crown Court heard he had also be stopped on a third oc­ca­sion for do­ing the same thing and re­ceived a po­lice cau­tion.

Now Singh, of Par­don­ers Way, Dover has been given a six month jail sen­tence sus­pended for two years – and or­dered to un­dergo treat­ment for his sex prob­lems.

The vol­un­tary worker was also fined £200 and banned from driv­ing for six months af­ter plead­ing guilty to care­less driv­ing.

Pros­e­cu­tor Robert de Banzie said in Fe­bru­ary Singh was driv­ing his BMW car along the A2 from Can­ter­bury to Dover.

He was clothed but he had ex­posed him­self, which was no­ticed by at least four wit­nesses trav­el­ling on a Stage­coach bus.

He was driv­ing while touch­ing him­self in­de­cently. Wit­nesses saw the BMW un­der­tak­ing and then over­tak­ing the coach at an un­usu­ally low speed.

“It reached the front of the bus be­fore drift­ing back. It then sped up again and dis­ap­peared from sight.”

Mr De Banzie said a week ear­lier a coach full of French school­child­ren was trav­el­ling along the A20 at 10.30am to 11.30am be­tween Folke­stone and Maid­stone.

He said: “On this oc­ca­sion the de­fen­dant was com­pletely naked. Again he roared along­side the coach while abus­ing him­self.

“He pulled along­side the bus be­fore re­duc­ing his speed and mak­ing eye con­tact with wit­nesses on the bus.

“These in­cluded a num­ber of chil­dren who pro­ceeded to film him us­ing their phones.”

The court heard that po­lice were able to use the pho­to­graphs to get the BMW’s reg­is­tra­tion num­ber and later ques­tioned Singh who ini­tially de­nied touch­ing him­self in­de­cently.

Singh was also cau­tioned for a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent.

Si­mon Tay­lor, de­fend­ing, said: “It was only ever go­ing to be self­de­struc­tion, driv­ing in his own car along a mo­tor­way com­pletely naked is hardly sneaky or so­phis­ti­cated!”

At the time of the of­fences Singh was un­der­go­ing a mar­i­tal break-up and ex­pe­ri­enced three be­reave­ments.

Mr Tay­lor said Singh had worked in the prison ser­vice for 13 years – help­ing re­ha­bil­i­tate oth­ers.

Af­ter leav­ing he took a job in the vol­un­tary sec­tor “help­ing oth­ers” but had now been pun­ished and had brought hu­mil­i­a­tion on him and his fam­ily.

Singh now hopes to run a mo­bile cater­ing unit out­side a Kent rail sta­tion.

Judge Adele Wil­liams told him: “What you did on these oc­ca­sions was self­ish and ir­re­spon­si­ble.

“You were suf­fer­ing from per­sonal prob­lems which had led you into a de­pres­sion. But to in­flict your prob­lems on oth­ers, in­clud­ing chil­dren, is wholly un­ac­cept­able!”

Po­lice were able to use pho­to­graphs taken on mo­bile phones to track the driver down

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