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26-year-old man from St Helens jailed for upskirting offences

Daniel Jones was convicted of a number of offences, which took place between 2017 and 2018. Credit: Merseyside Police

A man from St Helens has been jailed for upskirting.

26-year-old Daniel Jones of Fairlie Drive, Rainhill, was convicted of a number of offences relating to voyeurism and outraging public decency, which took place between May 2017 and May 2018.

Jones took images using a mobile phone camera up skirts of schoolgirls and women at supermarkets, shopping centres and train stations.

In one case he was reported acting suspiciously in a supermarket and after officers searched his devices, they discovered Jones was in possession of a number of videos and images, including some featuring schoolchildren.

He pleaded guilty to taking eight indecent photographs of children and one count of voyeurism. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison after appearing at Liverpool Crown Court.

Jones must also sign the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

Liverpool Crown Court. Credit: Liverpool Echo.

Upskirting will not be tolerated in Merseyside. We have a duty to protect our communities from harm and to deter individuals from committing these types of horrific offences and we will continue to seek to identify and convict those who engage in this behaviour.

I hope this sentencing encourages anyone who has been a victim of any sexual offence to please contact us. We have a specialist team ready to treat you with respect, care and compassion and make sure that reports are properly and thoroughly investigated.”

– Detective Constable Phil Poynton

Anyone with information or who wants to report sexual offence allegations is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.