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Waltham Abbey man admits offences following upskirting investigation

Waltham Abbey man admits offences following upskirting investigation
A man from Waltham Abbey has admitted to two counts of outraging public decency following an upskirting investigation that involved thousands of victims.

Martin Behan, 64, of Winters Way, admitted the offences at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Thursday, February 7.

He is due to be sentenced on Tuesday, March 5.

At around 7.30pm on August 23, 2018, a woman was shopping in Tesco in Waltham Abbey when she felt something brush against her leg.

The victim turned around to find Behan crouched behind her with his phone facing upwards towards her.

She demanded his phone and Behan handed it over.

The woman then told security at the shop who apprehended Behan until we arrived and arrested him.

We seized Behan’s phones, which were unlocked, and found thousands of photographs and videos of upskirting offences.

These took place in various locations including at train stations, at shops and in town centres in broad daylight.

Behan was re-arrested yesterday at his address where we found further images on SD cards. He was charged before appearing at court.

Inspector Lisa Cooke said: “Behan was in possession of thousands of images and videos. It is clear that wherever there was an opportunity to act, Behan did.

"He has remarked that women who wore skirts were fair game and he has not shown any remorse for his actions.

"We believe many of his innocent victims may not be aware that this footage has been taken of them.

"If any further complaints come to light, they to will be investigated. We would urge anyone with information to call Loughton police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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