THREE men admitted exposing and touching themselves in front of 10-year-old children in a Huddersfield playground.

The trio were sentenced yesterday for outraging public decency with their “childish and disgusting behaviour”.

One of the men – Daniel Bancroft – also admitted to attempting to rob a former schoolmate on a street in Newsome.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday how Bancroft, 20, Daniel Reid, 19, both of Gooder Lane in Brighouse, and 22-year-old Scott Gregory, of Thornhill Road, Brighouse, exposed themselves in a playground.

The three men touched themselves in front of two 10-year-old boys at Bramston Street in Brighouse on July 5.

The court heard that one of the children felt “disgusted” by the behaviour.

Judge Peter Benson told the defendants their behaviour was immature.

“You three are in your late teens or early 20s but in the summer of this year you went to a park in Brighouse and you behaved like 14-year-old children,” he said.

“You decided to expose yourselves and played with yourselves in a public place.

“As it happens there were two 10-year-old boys who witnessed this – one of whom was distressed by this.”

Judge Benson said the incident was “in no way a sexual offence” but that the 10-year-old boys had witnessed “your childish and disgusting behaviour.”

He added: “You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves.

“People are entitled to use parks without encountering yobs like you.”

Reid, who has previous convictions for arson, theft and robbery, was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

Gregory, who was convicted of robbery in 2009, was given a £150 fine with a £15 victim surcharge.

Bancroft received no punishment for the indecency offence – but was sentenced yesterday for another matter.

The court heard how he attempted to rob former schoolmate Trevor Bottomley in June.

The young man was walking along King’s Mill Lane in Newsome when he was stopped by Bancroft and another man who demanded he hand over his mobile phone.

When Mr Bottomley refused, Bancroft tried to get his hand into the victim’s pocket while the other attacker punched him in his face, knocking his glasses to the ground.

Bancroft and the other man stamped on the spectacles, causing £25 of damage.

The court heard that Mr Bottomley doesn’t like to walk along King’s Mill Lane since the attack.

Judge Benson told Bancroft that stamping on the victim’s glasses was “appalling behaviour”.

He sentenced him to nine months in jail, minus the 88 days he has already served in custody.

Bancroft and Reid smiled in the dock after being sentenced. The pair shook hands before Bancroft was led away to the cells.