Pc filmed up students’ skirts

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Published: Friday 20th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A policeman preyed on drunken students in high heels and short skirts to film up their skirts with a secret camera.

Pc Kevin Dwyer, 39, also twice crept up to a window to film a young couple having sex inside a building and even filmed up the skirt of one young woman while on duty and in uniform, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Dwyer, a former fireman, had approached the victim, who was squatting down, on duty and wearing his uniform claiming to be investigating a crime to film between her legs.

Other footage he took included filming up the skirts of his victims in takeaways, standing below women queuing up the steps of a nightclub and gangs of girls queuing for taxis.

After his arrest the police constable with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), told fellow officers, he “Absolutely admired a great pair of legs and a short skirt. The fitter the better”.

The defendant, of Sunnybank Close, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, today pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism and ten counts of outraging public decency, over seven months between October 1, 2013 and May 15, 2014. He will be sentenced on Monday.

Dwyer had been a fireman in Hull for two years before joining the police in 2002 and was working patrolling Manchester city centre when he was arrested in May last year.

When officers searched his computer equipment at home they found the cache of secret films taken by him on a Sony recording device.

Analysis of his internet searches revealed his “fascination” for the student areas of Chester.

Detectives also seized a recording device in the pocket of his police uniform trousers and traced his Renault Megane car making repeated late-night trips to Chester.

Justin Hayhoe, prosecuting, told the court: “Examination of his computers revealed this was a man who had a fascination with Chester and areas frequented by students.

“He seemed to target women wearing high heels, short skirts, short dresses or short shorts.

“When he was interviewed he said he, ‘Absolutely admired a great pair of legs and a short skirt. The fitter the better’.”

Internet searches by Dwyer centred on Chester student accommodation, spy cameras, how best to record in low-light and areas of Chester covered by CCTV cameras.

He had also done similar searches on students and student areas in Sheffield and the Stoke area of Staffordshire.

The court heard he committed the filming offences by using distraction techniques and he would often pretend to be taking on a mobile telephone.

On other occasions he would engage women in conversation, asking to get past them or suggesting he was a first aider who could assist them when they were intoxicated and had been vomiting.

Mr Hayhoe said Dwyer would often follow and film women who had been drinking and were vulnerable.

He added: “In relation to the women he selected, they were all young women, out on nights out, they were expecting they could go out, enjoy an evening out and not have their privacy invaded by this man filming up their skirts.”

Dwyer’s activities first came to the attention of police after reports of a man acting suspiciously at 1am on May 27, 2013 in the Green Lane area of Chester.

The defendant did not tell the officers called to the scene he was a fellow policeman and said he was researching properties in the area to let out to students.

But police later found out he repeatedly visited the student areas of Chester – always late at night or the early hours of the morning.

In May last year he was stopped again by police officers in Chester who were suspicious about what he was up to.

Police searched his Renault Megane and found “lubricant and clothing” but Dwyer, who said he was a council worker was again allowed to go on his way.

He was finally arrested on May 15 last year and police found the secret recordings after searching his flat.

A recording device was also recovered from the inside of his police uniform trouser pocket.

The recordings were not shown in open court before the press.

Dwyer has been suspended since he was first arrested and is expected to lose his job with the police.

Patrick Thompson, defending, said Dwyer’s behaviour was “sad and pathetic” and he had now thrown his career down the drain.

Mr Thompson added: “He’s brought shame and disgrace to his whole family for some rather pathetic, seedy images. This is not normal behaviour. His career is in shreds of course.”

Dwyer was bailed to appear for sentence at the same court on Monday.

Published: Friday 20th February 2015 by The News Editor

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