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WAWIBF... Panic on the Streets of London

8 September 2006

'Perverts with hidden digital cameras are allegedly filming women and children in Trafalgar Square.' So sensationalised London's newest dumbed-down Sun, The London Paper on Wednesday. One word stands out in that sentence. This one too: 'The twisted sex pests are suspected of using the trick to take pictures up women's skirts and later share them with other perverts on the internet.' Oh, this one too: 'Officers also fear children are being targeted.' Hang on, here we go again: 'The leering perverts appear to take innocuous pictures cut cynically capture tots innocently enjoying their day, it is alleged.'

Blimey. If it wasn't for all the allegation, suspicion and fear surrounding these horrific claims, we might be slightly concerned. For the last thing we want is for innocent tots to be cynically captured by leering, twisted sex pest perverts. Totty too. However, we suspect that this story is mostly fear-mongering bollocks. Sure, the upskirt phenomenon exists, and as Wikipedia rightly points out, 'many individuals do not wish to be exposed in this way' and 'many people think quite negatively of those who take upskirt images without consent'. And rightly so. But we can't help feel that when London Assembly member Richard Barnes asserts that 'Trafalgar Square is one of the world's leading tourist attractions and if people can't go there safely, that is a disgrace,' he's rather over-egging the whole thing.

Still, hey, maybe he's right. He is also a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority after all, and we know they can be trusted not only to tell us the truth, but to protect us from perverts. Oh, except that Scotland Yard surveillance expert and anti-terrorist officer was apprehended in Trafalgar Square in July this year for... what was it again? Oh, yes, taking upskirt shots of unsuspecting ladies.


But maybe the reason we're so cynical about this nonsense is because we fear new laws will be brought in and someone might try and bang us up for having taken this candid Trafalgar Square shot a couple of summers ago.

Twisted sex pests that we are.

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