April 2019

Plymouth’s upskirting pervert is now banned from bus stops

A pervert caught upskirting a teenager has been banned from bus stops.

David Provost, aged 61, cannot go near schools at any time – nor bus stops when children might be waiting.

He was caught filming or trying to film up the skirt of a 15-year-old girl with a video camera in Plymouth, a court heard.

Provost, from Looe, hid the device in a bag in February 2017.

He faced city magistrates last week only a day before upskirting was made a specific criminal offence. His crime was committed so long ago it was never going to be caught by the new legislation.

Magistrates handed him a community order with sex offender treatment after he admitted outraging public decency and possession of indecent photographs of children.

But they also handed him a wide-ranging Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.

He is banned from going within 10 metres of any primary or secondary school.

Provost must also stay the same distance from any bus stop between 7am and 9.30am and between 3pm and 6pm. These are designed to keep him away from children going to and from school.

Provost, of Moorview Road, can also not go to any park, swimming pool, sports centre or any other place likely to attract anyone under 16.

He is also prohibited from having any photographic or video equipment outside his own home.

Provost pleaded guilty to outraging public decency on February 24 2017.

He also admitted making two indecent photographs of children in the least severe category between May and June that year.

Upskirting is now a specific offence and can be punished with up to two years in prison.

It enters the statute book under the Voyeurism Act after a long campaign by former victims, replacing the historic common law offence of outraging public decency.