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'Upskirt' filming PC: Kevin Dwyer sentenced over 'seedy' footage

A police officer who admitted filming "seedy" upskirt images of young women has been sentenced.

Kevin Dwyer, 39, of Sunnybank Close in Newton-le-Willows, used a secret camera to target students who had been drinking, and twice crept up to a window to film a couple having sex.

The Greater Manchester officer admitted two counts of voyeurism and 10 of outraging public decency.

He was given a three-year community order at Manchester Crown Court.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for five years.

Greater Manchester Police said "significant numbers of videos" filmed up women's skirts and "people engaging in private acts in their own homes in Manchester, Chester and Warrington" had been found on recording items at Dwyer's home in 2014.

'Career in shreds'

Manchester Crown Court heard that footage had been captured in takeaways, at taxi ranks and outside nightclubs between 1 October 2013 and 15 May 2014.

The court heard Dwyer targeted women wearing high heels, short skirts, short dresses or short shorts.

Prosecutor Justin Hayhoe said he would often follow and film women who had been drinking and were vulnerable.

Police also found a recording device in the pocket of his uniform trousers and traced his car making repeated late-night trips to Chester.

Patrick Thompson, defending, said Dwyer's "career is in shreds".

Dwyer was suspended after his arrest in May last year and will now face misconduct proceedings, a GMP spokesman said.

Det Insp Chris Packer said Dwyer had shown "a complete lack of regard for [his victims'] privacy for his own sexual pleasure".

He said the PC's conduct "fell well short of what is expected of a police officer".

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