VOYEURS and flashers were reported to Avon and Somerset police hundreds of times during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic – but justice will be served in few of those cases, past figures suggest.

The most recent Home Office recorded crime data shows Avon and Somerset Constabulary received 333 reports of voyeurism or flashing crimes in the year to March 2021– though this was down from the 396 recorded the year before.

Different data shows cases of this nature are often shelved before reaching a courtroom, with 31 of the 319 investigations (10%) closed during the same period in the area resulting in a suspect being charged or summonsed.

Forces across England and Wales recorded 10,200 such crimes in 2020-21, again down from 10,800 the year before.

And another 3,300 were recorded between April and June 2021 – 105 in Avon and Somerset.

Prior to the impact of the pandemic, which led to crime rates dropping, the number of offences had been climbing steadily in recent years.

Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens was accused of indecent exposure six years before he murdered Sarah Everard and was said to have exposed his genitals in a fast-food restaurant just days before the killing.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is now investigating allegations that officers failed to adequately probe the claims.

Data shows 40% of the 10,400 cases closed nationally in 2020-21 were dropped due to difficulties gathering evidence, with one in six of those closed before a suspect could be identified.

Campaign group End Violence Against Women and Girls called for more research into the response to "lower level" sex offences and whether that response contributes to a sense of impunity in men who go onto commit more serious crimes.