Police are appealing for witnesses following an indecent exposure incident in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened at around 5.30pm on Wednesday (3/7), when a man exposed himself to a woman in her twenties in the Fen Street roundabout underpass.

He walked towards the victim, exposed himself and then smiled and walked away.

Thames Valley Police’s report described the offender as an Asian man, around 5ft 9ins tall, of skinny build, in his early twenties and had a full beard. He was wearing a tan beanie, a light brown long sleeve shirt, black jeans, and was carrying a pink umbrella and backpack.

Investigating officer PC Rebekah Huggins, based at Milton Keynes police station, said, “We are appealing for witnesses following this incident of indecent exposure.

“Anyone with information can contact police by making a report online or by calling 101, quoting reference 43240314821.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

“All reports of exposure offences are dealt with seriously and robustly by police. If you witnesses an indecent exposure, you should call us immediately on 999. This is a crime in progress and so it is appropriate to use our emergency line.”

Red Bull picked up a podium as Max Verstappen finished second at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Having started fourth, the reigning champion was involved in a scrap for positions throughout but a late run saw him take second and very nearly prize the victory from Lewis Hamilton, though he ultimately ran out of time to catch the Mercedes.

Second was nevertheless enough for Verstappen to extend his lead in the Driver’s Championship, with the Red Bull team remaining ahead of the chasing pack after the visit to Silverstone.

It was a difficult afternoon again for Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez, however, who finished 17th after starting from the pit-lane following a crash in qualifying on Saturday.

Verstappen remains top of the Driver’s Championship at the halfway mark of the 24-race F1 season, with the Dutchman having 255 points after winning 7 of the first 12 races of 2024. He holds an 84 point lead on Lando Norris.

Perez, meanwhile, dropped a place in the standings after this race. The Mexican now sits 6th after losing a place to Oscar Piastri. He has 118 points, sitting six behind Piastri and seven ahead of George Russell.

As for the Constructor’s standings, Red Bull remain as leaders of the pack. With half of the season gone, the Milton Keynes-based team have 373 points, which sees them sit 71 points ahead of Ferrari in second and 78 ahead of third place McLaren.

Wet qualifying had seen both Red Bulls sustain damage. Verstappen could manage a best of 4th after suffering damage from a clip of the wall in Q1, while Perez had beached his car in the same session after running wide.

In the race, Verstappen began looking to challenge the three British drivers of Russell, Hamilton and Norris ahead, while Perez started from the pit-lane after Red Bull opted to make set-up changes.

On the opening lap, Verstappen was able to get past Norris and settled in behind the two Mercedes. But in greasy conditions, the two McLarens behind Verstappen were able to sustain tyre performance for longer, and both Norris & Piastri then overtook the Dutchman on their way to later passing both Mercedes and taking the lead.

When the rain intensified, Verstappen was among the first to change to wet weather intermediate tyres, which allowed him to jump ahead of the later-stopping Russell and Piastri.

In the final stages, Verstappen then managed to get out in third when the conditions allowed a switch back to dry tyres, and on a new set of hard tyres, he had faster performance.

This allowed Verstappen to get past Norris, but although he got within two seconds of Hamilton at the end, he was unable to mount an overtake as Mercedes driver Hamilton picked up his first race win since 2021.

On the other side of the garage, Perez endured a miserable afternoon. The Mexican had been one of four cars to pit during an early small cell of rain to try inter tyres but quickly complained it was too soon, which meant a further stop when the rain intensified.

His day got little better, as the slow performance of the first pair of inter tyres left him down on the rest of the field, and he would end up only leading home Zhou Guanyu in the Sauber, in a result that does little to ease building pressure on his position after a week of rumours he may be dropped by Red Bull for 2025 despite signing a new contract.

The Parks Trust have officially launched new Detailed Access Guides for three of the city’s most popular parks as part of a collaboration with AccessAble.

The partnership between the trust that looks after MK’s parklands and the accessibility information provider AccessAble will see detailed Access Guides published for Furzton Lake, Stanton Low Park, and Great Linford Manor Park.

The new guides are 100 per cent facts, figures, and photographs to help people plan their visit to the parks, covering everything from parking facilities and assistive listening, to walking distances and accessible toilets.

Everyone’s accessibility needs are different, which is why having detailed and accurate information is so important. It’s why all the details within the guides have been checked in person, on site, by trained surveyors.

David Livermore, Director of Business Development at AccessAble, said, “We were thrilled to work in partnership with The Parks Trust to create Detailed Access Guides to parks across Milton Keynes. The AccessAble website will enhance the visitor experience, helping more disabled people to enjoy the local landscape confidently.”

Hannah Bodley, Deputy Chief Executive at The Parks Trust, added, “We’re thrilled to launch our first collection of Detailed Access Guides in partnership with the expert team at AccessAble. These guides are part of our work striving to make the city’s landscapes more inclusive and ensuring that the whole community can enjoy our beautiful green spaces.”

The guides are available online at www.accessable.co.uk/the-parks-trust-milton-keynes

Luton Town have signed midfielder Shandon Baptiste, who joins the club after leaving Brentford.

The 26-year-old is the Hatters’ first signing ahead of the new season, and has signed a contract of undisclosed length at Kenilworth Road.

Baptiste had spent the previous four years with Brentford, having joined the West London club from Oxford United in January 2020.

He made 78 appearances for Brentford in his time with the Bees, scoring twice, including a goal against Luton in the Premier League back in December.

Luton boss Rob Edwards told the club’s official website that he was pleased to bring Baptiste to Kenilworth Road.

He said, “We’re really excited to get Shandon in. I know I always say this about our players, but he’s a great person.

“I’ve had a few chats with him and he was really keen on joining us, it wasn’t a hard sell for me. I think he’s seen from the outside what we’re about and wanted to join and help us.

“He’s such a talented footballer. He’s someone who can take the ball, he can drive past people. I think he’s an exciting player, and technically very good, so we’re looking forward to getting him into the group.

“He’s at a good age, he wants to get back to the Premier League and he ticks a lot of boxes. He’s got a lot of experience, but he’s got something to prove as well, so he’s hungry.

“I’m delighted. It’s a really good bit of business by the club, and that’s what we pride ourselves on, trying to be really clever in the market.

Former MK Dons loan midfielder Jack Payne has signed for Colchester United after being released by Charlton.

The 29-year-old has signed a two year deal to join the side from Essex, having been available on a free transfer after being released by Charlton Athletic.

Payne had been a regular pick for MK Dons after moving to Stadium MK on a season-long loan deal in August 2023. He made 44 appearances in all competitions for the side that finished 4th in League Two last season.

Joining Colchester will see Payne again work with U’s Head Coach Danny Cowley and his assistant manager and brother Nicky, with the Cowleys having signed Payne for Lincoln City in the summer of 2019. That however was a brief work relationship after Cowley left the club less than a month into the season to take the job at Huddersfield Town.

The signing is one of several made by Colchester as the team returned to pre-season this week, with the club also signing Lyle Taylor, Jack Woodyard, Ben Goodliffe, Rob Hunt and Matt Macey.

Payne voiced his pleasure to join Colchester and work with the Cowleys again in an arrival interview with his new club’s website.

He said, “I’ve worked with Danny and Nicky before and we keep in touch generally, so when the summer came and I became a free agent, discussions started taking place.

“My time with them got cut short so I’m really excited to be working with them again, I really enjoyed the time I had with them and it was a massive factor in me signing.”

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