Pervert banned from rail station toilets after filming

Banned: David Jones placed a mirror in the toilets at Preston Railway Station
Banned: David Jones placed a mirror in the toilets at Preston Railway Station
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A man who tried to film unsuspecting rail passengers going to the toilet has been banned from the toilets of a mainline railway station and shopping mall.

David Jones, 63, placed a mirror on the floor of a cubicle in the men’s toilets at Preston Railway Station.

A probe was launched by British Transport Police on October 1 last year after a complaint from a 23-year-old man.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard that he had been using the toilet when he noticed a small mirror in the cubicle, strategically placed to reflect the image into a camera phone Jones was holding over the top of the cubicle.

The shocked victim noticed the unusual red leather and white soled shoes of the person in the next cubicle.

He alerted a British Transport Police officer as he left the toilets and spotted Jones, of Dorset Avenue, Walton-Le-Dale, near Preston, on the platform, wearing the same shoes.

He was initially arrested on suspicion of voyeurism but later admitted an alternative charge of observing a person doing a private act for sexual gratification.

Preston Magistrates’ Court made him subject to notification requirements for the next five years.

The bench also imposed a prohibited activity requirement banning him entering the loos at Preston Railway Station and The Mall, St George’s for 12 months.

They gave him a rehabilitation activity to complete and also ordered him to pay costs of £85, a £60 victim surcharge and £100.

Magistrates also awarded compensation to the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons.