Rapist flashed seven year-old girl in Preston toy store

Rapist Leslie Foster, pictured on CCTV, exposed himself to a seven-year-old girl.
Rapist Leslie Foster, pictured on CCTV, exposed himself to a seven-year-old girl.
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A father has spoken for the first time about how his young daughter was accosted in a toy store by a convicted paedophile.

Rapist Leslie Foster, 63, exposed himself to a seven-year-old, from Heysham, who had gone to the Toys R Us store on Deepdale Retail Park in Preston to spend her birthday money.

The schoolgirl was temporarily separated from her dad as she looked at the doll aisle on February 1 this year.

Foster, who is on a lifetime licence after committing sex offences in the 1960s and 1970s, had only been released in 2012 from a life sentence for rape, sources told the Evening Post.

Police said he had been in and out of the store for five-and-a- half hours after catching a bus to the retail park.

He had changed his appearance with a bobble hat and glasses before he approached the girl and exposed himself.

He asked the girl to show her knickers and said he would buy her any toy she wanted.

The terrified youngster ran away from him and raised the alarm with store staff who tannoyed her dad and brother.

CCTV images of Foster were circulated in the Evening Post, leading to two people coming forward with information about him.

Today, the girl’s dad, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “I wanted to kill him.

“My daughter wanted to buy a kind of doll Toys R Us do with her birthday money.

“It happened in 30 seconds. My children wanted to look at different aisles.

“I was walking from the skateboard aisle to check on her when I heard the tannoy calling me.

“My daughter was in tears and the staff told me what had happened. I shouted and shouted for my son because I was afraid the man was still in the store.

“I was relieved it hadn’t been any worse. It doesn’t seem to have affected her too much luckily, but it may do when she’s older. It’s really affected us.

“Since it happened I am on pins when I’m out with them, I never let them out of my sight.

He added: “The staff in the store were brilliant and we went back another day to show my daughter this does not usually happen, and to thank them for their help.”

Foster, of Spendmore Lane, Coppull, Chorley, admitted exposing himself and inciting a girl into engage in sexual activity.

He will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Friday.