A MAN who exposed himself on buses and sexually assaulted numerous women has been jailed.

Alan Elsworth, 52, of Athersley, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of sexually assaulting a woman and 14 counts of outraging public decency.

It was heard during a sentencing hearing at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday that Elsworth filmed himself assaulting his victims while they were on bus journeys in South Yorkshire.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Michelle Jameson said: "Elsworth showed absolutely no regard for his victims. He exposed himself on public transport before committing horrific sexual offences against women who should have been able to ride a bus without being subjected to a sexual assault.

"These women have shown tremendous courage and bravery in coming forward to tell us about Elsworth's crimes and we hope the result at court offers reassurance to his victims that he is behind bars and about to serve a four-year sentence."

Elsworth also admitted possessing a prohibited image of a child, extreme pornography and making incident images of a child following the seizure and search of devices at his home address.

Elsworth, who has been placed on the sex offenders' register, was jailed for four years on Friday. He was also given a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) and made subject to a 10-year restraining order.

Victims of sexual offences are granted anonymity for life under the Sexual Offences Act. Anyone who identifies a victim, or posts information that could lead to the identification of a victim, could face prosecution.