Orpington man admits upskirting women at Primark in Bluewater

A man who admitted upskirting several woman in Primark has been convicted.

Matthew Hill, 21, was arrested at Bluewater shopping centre in Greenhithe on Monday after security staff reported suspicious activity inside the clothes store.

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A man was arrested at Bluewater after upskirting women at the Primark store. Picture: Primark

Hill, of Blenheim Road, Orpington, was taken into custody and had his phone seized. Evidence found the device was used to secretly film several unsuspecting victims.

He was charged with eight upskirting offences – two of which related to offences carried out in April last year – and appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Hill admitted all the charges and was bailed to appeared at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on April 20.

Detective Inspector Matthew Childs, of the North Kent Vulnerability Investigation Team, said: “Although thankfully rare, upskirting is an incredibly invasive and abhorrent act and it is pleasing we have been able to swiftly secure these important convictions.

“We work closely with our partners, including the retail industry, to identify and prosecute those seeking to commit such appalling offences and continue to encourage anyone who sees suspicious behaviour to contact us.

“If you see someone trying to take inappropriate pictures or videos, or their behaviour makes you feel threatened or uneasy we will do all we can to support you.”

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