A man who allegedly tried filming women in a changing room at Harbour Town Shopping Centre tries to evade a Bulletin photographer when leaving the Southport Watchouse last night. Picture: Mike Batterham
A man who allegedly tried filming women in a changing room at Harbour Town Shopping Centre tries to evade a Bulletin photographer when leaving the Southport Watchouse last night. Picture: Mike Batterham

Alleged upskirter flees cameras, yelling ‘stop it!’

A MAN who allegedly filmed Gold Coast women in a shopping centre changing room has run for cover when emerging from the police station last night.

The accused, yelling "Stop it, stop it," as a Bulletin photographer greeted him at the exit, bolted back into the Southport Watchhouse station entrance.

When the man - who had his head covered by his shirt - failed to get anybody's attention inside the station, he was forced to walk the public gauntlet again.

A man who allegedly tried filming women in changing rooms at Harbour Town attempts to evade the media spotlight at Southport Watchhouse last night. Picture: Mike Batterham
A man who allegedly tried filming women in changing rooms at Harbour Town attempts to evade the media spotlight at Southport Watchhouse last night. Picture: Mike Batterham

His bashful departure at 8.25pm came after hours earlier he had allegedly filmed women trying on clothes at Harbour Town Shopping Centre.

Police allege a man, aged in his 30s, was using his phone to take photos of three women as they were using the changing rooms between 10.30am and 12pm.

Police alleged a man in his 30s used his phone to take photos of three women in changing rooms during a 90 minute period on Sunday morning. Picture: Mike Batterham
Police alleged a man in his 30s used his phone to take photos of three women in changing rooms during a 90 minute period on Sunday morning. Picture: Mike Batterham

After staff noticed what was going on, a man was held by security at the shopping centre before being arrested by police, who then transported him to Southport Police Station.

The accused has since been charged with three counts of making recordings in breach of privacy, which could land him up to two years jail time if he is convicted.

Police Chief Superintendent Marty Mickelson said whilst he couldn't comment on any specific instances of "upskirting, any such occurrence was deplorable.

On leaving the watchhouse, the accused yelled “stop it, stop it!” when confronted by a Bulletin photographer. Picture Mike Batterham
On leaving the watchhouse, the accused yelled “stop it, stop it!” when confronted by a Bulletin photographer. Picture Mike Batterham

"With those sorts of offences being committed, it certainly is deplorable act, it's something that we would prosecute if we found an offender, for sure," he said.

Police have not yet identified the three women who were the subject of the now camera-shy alleged offender.

Police are also urging anyone who may have witnessed the incidents to come forward.

They also ask any women who may have noticed something suspicious as they used the changing rooms at Harbour Town to contact police with their story.

The accused is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on June 18.