Derbyshire cricketer Shiv Thakor guilty of exposing himself

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image captionDerbyshire's Shiv Thakor has also played for Leicestershire and England Under-19s

A professional cricketer has been found guilty of exposing himself to two women on a housing estate.

Derbyshire player Shiv Thakor, 24, was arrested in July over two offences near Mackworth, Derbyshire, on 12 and 19 June.

He exposed himself to one woman as she bent down to pick paper up from a printer, the court heard.

Thakor, of Richardson Way, Derby, was convicted of two sexual exposure charges.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court heard Thakor's actions caused "distress" to the two women.

The cricketer, who had previously played for England at under-19 level, had been jogging around a housing estate before he exposed himself to one of the women, the court heard.

The first victim, who labelled him "Shifty Shiv", claimed Mr Thakor "aroused" himself outside a property before exposing himself through a "gap" in his trousers.

She told the court: "I bent down to get some paper from the printer. I just put my head down and carried on with my work."

The woman said she believed Mr Thakor was aware he was exposing himself.

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image captionThakor said he has "a tendency" to "rearrange" himself

The second woman said Thakor stopped outside the property a week later and exposed himself while she was on the telephone.

She told the court: "He had his back to me, I thought he was trying to get himself aroused. I thought in a minute he would go away."

Orla Daly, defending, suggested to both witnesses that they had simply "got it wrong".

Giving evidence, Thakor said: "I have got a tendency, that is almost a running joke, that I tend to rearrange myself both at the front and back during games.

"I've never exposed myself, it's not something I would ever do."

Derbyshire County Cricket Club said in a statement it expects the "highest standards" of behaviour of its players and is opposed to sexual harassment in any form.

However, it said Thakor will remain suspended on full pay while the club reviews the case.

In court, district judge Andrew Meachin said: "I am satisfied that you did intentionally expose yourself and I find you guilty of both charges."

Thakor will be sentenced on 24 November.

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