Man detained after streaking in street

PUBLISHED: 14:27 24 January 2019

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT

A streaker seen in an Ipswich residential street giggling and wearing nothing but a woollen hat has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

A resident of Whitland Close was at home at 6 pm of June 1 last year when he heard someone laughing outside and when he looked out of his bedroom window saw Francis Mann standing in the street completely naked apart from a hat, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A motorist and her six-year-old daughter also saw Mann running down the road “stark naked” apart from a hat.

The police were called and Mann, who was described as being six feet tall with a beard and shoulder length scruffy hair, was arrested.

Mann, 41, was subsequently declared unfit to stand trial by two psychiatrists and on Thursday (Jan 24) a jury found he had exposed himself after hearing statements from the two witnesses.

Judge John Devaux made Mann the subject of a section 37 hospital order under the Mental Health Act after reading reports from psychiatrists detailing his mental health problems.

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