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New 'upskirting' law blocked

Sarah - not her real name - found herself a victim of 'upskirting' in Wales. Credit: ITV News

"I felt quite sick in my stomach to be honest and a bit scared I suppose that somebody could just go and do that without even thinking about it it made me feel quite scared as well."

Sarah - not her real name - is a Welsh victim of 'upskirting'. She is describing how it feels to have a photograph taken up your skirt without your permission.

Sarah found herself in this situation while working in a retail store.

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The store had noticed a suspicious man walking around the shop with his phone.

He had taken a picture underneath Sarah's skirt.

There was CCTV and two witnesses. The police were then called and the man was arrested. However, as 'upskirting' isn't a specific offence in Wales and England it's extremely difficult to prosecute.

Watch Sarah's story here:

What is 'upskirting'?

  • the taking of surreptitious, sexually intrusive photographs, such as under a person’s clothing without their consent.
  • not all instances of 'upskirting' are covered by existing criminal law

'Upskirting' was set to become a specific criminal offence, with the worst offenders facing up to two years in jail, after the Government backed a campaign to criminalise the cruel craze.

But the the plans were derailed after being opposed by a Conservative MP.

There were cries of “shame!” as Sir Christopher Chope dealt a blow to campaigners after announcing he objected to the Voyeurism (Offences) Bill which would make it illegal for offenders to take a picture under someone’s clothing without their consent.

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The age of the youngest 'upskirting' complainants, according to police data.

Watch Sian Thomas'full report: