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Grandma makes flasher's eyes water

PUBLISHED: 15:12 21 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:24 03 March 2010

IT was enough to make a schoolboy's eyes water when he flashed at an elderly woman and she hit him with her umbrella.

The feisty grandmother of two from Kesgrave was stunned when the teenage pervert exposed himself to her as she walked back from a trip to the hairdresser.

IT was enough to make a schoolboy's eyes water when he flashed at an elderly woman and she hit him with her umbrella.

The feisty grandmother of two from Kesgrave was stunned when the teenage pervert exposed himself to her as she walked back from a trip to the hairdresser.

But the 69-year-old saw red when the youngster made a lewd suggestion and hit the surprised youth in the genitals with her rolled up umbrella.

Anger spurred her on and as the youth put his arms up to defend himself, she hit him a second time across the shoulders.

Today, the woman who does not want to be identified, was still slightly in shock about her own actions.

She said: "Obviously it was not the reaction that he thought he was going to get.

"I don't know who was more surprised, him or me.

"But I thought what if it had been a fully grown man, what would I have done?"

The incident happened on Tuesday between 11am and 11.20am as the woman walked along the Orchard Grove area of Kesgrave.

She said she had seen the youngster, who looked about 15, walking some way ahead of her.

When she reached a cut through point that leads to the Penryn Road area she said she saw him loitering by the entrance.

She said: "He just said 'hello' to me and I said 'hello are you lost?'

"As I went to walk off he just pulled up his top and his trousers were unzipped."

After the incident the youngster ran off towards the Cedar Road area.

The youth is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall with short dark hair and a pale, spotty complexion.

At the time he was wearing black trousers, black shoes, a dark anorak and was carrying a dark coloured bag across his back.

The woman said she had not been frightened by the attack but was sickened by his suggestion and was concerned that he might have done the same thing to a young girl or a very elderly person.

She said: "I want to put it to the back of my mind now.

"I just hope that he does not do it again."

Dc John Moos of Woodbridge CID said: "While we can't condone this course of action, after being confronted with this youth who exposed himself to her, the lady appears to have reacted instinctively, and quite rightly, to defend herself.

"The youth definitely got more than he bargained for and we would appeal to anyone who may know his identity or may have seen him in the area at the time to contact us."

Anyone with information should call Woodbridge police on 01473 383460.

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