‘Out-of-control’ Portsmouth shop worker filmed up ‘polite’ women’s skirts nearly every day for 18 months 

A SHOP worker caught filming up a customer's skirt has confessed he was 'out of control' and had been targeting women for two years.

Philip Bannister was caught by a furious shopper who spotted the 47-year-old twice stooping to video up the woman's skirt.

Shop worker Philip Bannister, 47, of Milton Road, Portsmouth admitted a charge of outraging public decency after he was caught filming up a woman's skirt at Staples in Portsmouth

Shop worker Philip Bannister, 47, of Milton Road, Portsmouth admitted a charge of outraging public decency after he was caught filming up a woman's skirt at Staples in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Crown Court heard he rapidly deleted the video while police were on their way to Staples at Ocean Retail Park in Burrfields Road, Portsmouth.

When police quizzed him on suspicion of voyeurism, the now sacked shop worker said he was doing it for the 'rush' but got no sexual gratification from the act, prosecutor Anthony Bailey told the court.

But Bannister confessed the incident at 8.20am on April 6 was far from the first time he had secretly recorded under a woman's skirt.

Mr Bailey said: 'He said he picked someone who looked polite, between 25 and 30, up to 50, and said: "I've been engaging in this kind of behaviour for approximately two years".

'He also said he engages in this type of behaviour not only in his place of work at the office outlet but at the Farmhouse public house.'

Bannister admitted he had made 60 to 70 videos lasting two to three seconds, saving them in a folder on his phone called 'ups'.

When police searched his home they found 22 pornography DVDs, an iPad and an envelope of soiled women's underwear. He admitted using the underwear to pleasure himself.

Bannister admitted a charge of outraging public decency on Friday and judge Roger Hetherington imposed a three-year community order with 60 sessions of a sex offenders' treatment programme and 25 days of rehabilitation.

Bridget O'Hagan, for Bannister, said the defendant was disgusted with himself and was 'out of control'.

Judge Hetherington said Bannister’s actions over 18 months ‘involved almost a daily occurrence’ of filming and added: 'This is a despicable offence which is very distressing to the victims.'

But he said the treatment programme, which should 'put an end' to Bannister's offending.

The phone must be destroyed.

Campaigners have called for upskirting to be made a sex offence. The British government has agreed and backs a law to bring in an offence with a two-year maximum jail term.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​