A 17-YEAR-OLD girl accosted by a flasher had the presence of mind to take his photograph on her mobile phone.

Blackburn magistrates heard pervert Shakeel Malik had pulled up alongside the girl in his car.

And her photo showed him with a smile on his face and his hands still in his lap.

Malik, 42, of Burnley Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to intentionally exposing his genitals. He was sent in custody to Preston Crown Court to be sentenced.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said Malik pulled up next to the girl and asked for directions. He then said he needed a girlfriend.

"She had the were-with-all to take a photograph of the defendant which was later circulated, leading to his arrest."

Miss Allan said Malik was subject to community supervision and the Sex Offender Register as a result of two previous offences of indecent exposure.