A MAN has pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent exposure and been sentenced to 15 months in prison after exposing himself to young girls.

Richard Laurence Graham, 30, of Bolton Road North, Ramsbottom, pleaded guilty after three incidents of indecent exposure to young girls aged between 12 and 14 on January 12 this year.

Manchester Minshull Street Court heard that Richard Graham committed the acts in the space of five hours in the Bury, Salford and Padiham areas.

In the first incident at 3pm in Tottington he followed a 12-year-old girl and exposed himself before trying to push the girl down an alley, where she managed to escape.

The second incident was in Salford at 5pm where a girl saw him "rubbing himself" from his car and at 7'40pm in Padiham he pulled over next to two 14-year-old girls and was seen committing a sex act.

Judge John Edwards said: “These offences cause significant trauma to the victims and huge distress to parents and family.”

Mr Graham was sentenced to a total of 15 months in prison and was placed on the sexual offenders list.