Voyeur posts videos of unsuspecting women in Leeds city centre to porn site

A reconstruction on The Headrow, where some of the videos were filmed. Pic: Tony Johnson.
A reconstruction on The Headrow, where some of the videos were filmed. Pic: Tony Johnson.
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UNSUSPECTING women in Leeds city centre are being targeted by an online pervert who is secretly filming them and uploading the clips to a porn website.

Dozens of videos, which have amassed thousands of hits, have been captured at prominent locations including Trinity Leeds, Kirkgate Market and The Light shopping centre.

The slow-motion clips feature mothers with prams, students going to the gym, women shopping, a young woman on crutches and an older woman on a mobility scooter.

West Yorkshire Police is urging anyone who fears they have been targeted to contact them immediately.

The videos, some of which are labelled ‘British Thigh Gap’, ‘Leeds Tights’ and ‘British Teens’, have been uploaded to porn website XHamster.

Some include ‘up-skirt’ shots of women who are seemingly unaware they are being filmed as they use escalators in shopping centres.

Many of the short films have been shot at well-known city centre locations, such as Kirkgate Market, The Light, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street and The Headrow.

Inspector Richard Clarke, who heads the City Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “While at face value the footage is not overtly sexual, the way in which these women have been filmed apparently without their knowledge and the fact it is being posted to a pornographic website raises concerns about the person who is doing this.”

He added: “We have not had any complaints in relation to these incidents but if anyone does have concerns that they have been targeted by this person they should contact us.

“My officers are liaising with security teams at businesses in the city centre and if anyone sees anyone acting suspiciously in this way they should contact us immediately via 101.”

Crime-fighting network BACIL (Business Against Crime in Leeds) has also urged shop owners and employees to stay vigilant.

A BACIL spokesman said: “We appear to have someone following women around the city centre filming them walking about on a mobile phone and posting the footage on an adult website.

“If anyone sees this happening contact the police so the offender can be stopped.”

No-one at the website was available for comment.

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