Man groped shopper in town centre store

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A ST Helens man has admitted groping a female shopper in a town centre store.

Gordon Bryant, 40, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 42-year-old woman in Home Bargains before St Helens Magistrates’ Court last week.

The victim was browsing in the Hardshaw Centre shop at lunch time on September 5 when she was inappropriately touched.

The incident, which only lasted seconds, left the victim shocked but she managed to alert staff who called the police.

Bryant, of Cambridge Road, had left the store by the time officers arrived at the scene.

Magistrates asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared prior to sentencing on December 13.