Ex-firefighter filmed strangers in Costa Coffee toilets

VOYEUR Andrew Dowden-Smith
VOYEUR Andrew Dowden-Smith

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FORMER firefighter Andrew Dowden-Smith admitted setting up cameras in cafe toilets to spy on strangers.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism at Portsmouth Crown Court.

The 41-year-old put up two cameras – one at Costa Coffee in London Road, Waterlooville, and the other at Costa Coffee in High Street, Cosham, to record strangers in the toilets at each of the branches.

The offences took place between October 1 and October 29 last year.

Exact details of his voyeurism have not been revealed.

But Dowden-Smith admitted recording strangers ‘for the purpose of gaining sexual gratification’.

Dowden-Smith, from Bevan Road, Waterlooville, is understood to have resigned from his post at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service after the allegations came to light.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: ‘We fully co-operated with police during their investigation of a former employee and take this matter very seriously.

‘The service followed its own internal procedure and policy during the time of the police investigation and the employee chose to resign from his role within the service.

‘As this individual is no longer an employee of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, this is now a matter between the individual and the police, and the service is therefore not able to comment any further.’

Addressing Dowden-Smith, Judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘Your case will be adjourned for sentence to August 5.

‘I’m ordering a pre-sentence report.

‘Meanwhile you remain on bail but that’s not to be taken as any indication of your sentence.’

Judge Hetherington also ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.