Hampshire & Isle of Wight

'Devious' man jailed for filming children with camera pen

John Fielding Image copyright Hampshire Police
Image caption Police said John Fielding had secretly filmed children across the south of England

A 'devious' man who used a camera pen to secretly film children has been jailed.

John Fielding, 46, was detained by shoppers at a supermarket in Andover in Hampshire after he was spotted behaving suspiciously.

Police found he had secretly filmed children across the south of England.

Fielding pleaded guilty to 17 offences, including outraging public decency and possessing extreme pornography. He was jailed for four years and 10 months.

'Devious man'

Bristol Crown Court heard Fielding was confronted by a customer at the Lidl store in Western Avenue on 27 May.

He was detained by shoppers and a camera pen was later found in his bag.

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Image caption John Fielding was detained by shoppers after his suspicious behaviour was spotted by a customer

Hampshire Police discovered Fielding had covertly filmed children in public places across the south and south west of England.

He had also downloaded thousands of indecent images of children.

Fielding, of Old Winton Road, pleaded guilty to four counts of outraging public decency, six of making indecent photos of a child, two of possessing prohibited images, two of possessing extreme pornography and three of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

PC Stephen Court said: "John Fielding is a devious man who used covert methods to film children in public places.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to the... members of the public, who showed bravery and restraint in detaining Fielding in the store until officers arrived."

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