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Dundee hidden camera man placed on sex offenders register

Craig Forbes
Image caption Craig Forbes was placed on the sex offenders register for five years after admitting to filming up women's skirts

A man who used a hidden camera to film up women's skirts in Dundee has been placed on the sex offenders register.

Craig Forbes hid the camera in a rucksack before walking up to women at the Tesco store in Dundee's South Road.

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to record pictures of the underwear of unknown women.

Sheriff George Way ordered him to carry out 200 hours of community service and placed him on the sex offenders register for five years.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told that Forbes used the camera in his rucksack to film women as they pushed their trolleys in the Tesco Extra store.

The offences came to light after Forbes was caught filming women in the city's Overgate Centre.

Security guards had noticed him acting suspiciously and challenged him to hand over his camera, but Forbes frantically tried to delete the pictures.

The security guards contacted the police, who found a string of pictures taken in the supermarket when they seized the fine arts student's computer.

Fiscal depute Lisa Welsh said Forbes had filmed women wearing short skirts or dresses.

Bathroom camera

She said that in one clip a woman's underwear had been apparent, adding: "He must have gotten very close to these women for this."

Officers also found images that Forbes had taken using a hidden camera set up in his bathroom.

Forbes, from Dundee, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to record pictures of the underwear of unknown women with a digital camera concealed in a rucksack at Tesco in South Road Dundee between 1 January and 5 August last year.

He further admitted concealing a video camera in his rucksack and recording men and women carrying out private acts between 6 October 2010 and 23 April 2011.

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