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Tuesday 25 July 2017

'We feel violated' - student's horror at mic and camera in university library toilet

Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool John Moores University

Police in the UK are investigating after a horrified Dublin student found a hidden camera and microphone in the cubicle of her university's toilet.

The device was discovered in the women's toilet at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) on the second floor.

The Dubliner, who does not want to be named, found the covert camera positioned behind the sanitary bins and toilet bowl within one of the cubicles.

It was covered by a layer of duct tape, making the device almost impossible to detect.

The camera was found on June 27, but it is not known when it was smuggled in or how many female students have been secretly filmed. The young woman who made the shocking discovery took to social media to express her outrage.

"I am absolutely sickened posting this, but everyone needs to know and be aware this s**t is going on," she said.

"Today in LJMU Avril Robarts Library second-floor toilets, I found a camera taped into a corner behind the sanitary bins and toilet bowl in a toilet cubicle.

"A few others girls mentioned seeing the duct tape, but didn't think anything of it. My curiosity got the better of me and I peeled it off the wall and found this."

The Irish national added that she informed the university's security, along with contacting the police.

Another female student at LJMU told the Herald that she felt violated following the discovery.

"I use the toilet all the time at LJMU," she said.

"Girls talk about private stuff. It's disgusting that the camera and microphone were found. It's vile.

"I tweeted it and a lot of my friends went mad. It's a horrible situation and we all feel violated."

Merseyside Police confirmed to the Herald that it is taking the matter very seriously.

However, no arrests have yet been made.

"Merseyside Police can confirm that at 4:50pm on Tuesday, June 27, we received a report from security staff at Liverpool John Moores University that a covert camera had been found in the ladies' toilets in the Avril Robarts Library on Tithebarn Street," said a spokesperson.

Enquiries

"The camera was found by a female student who handed it to the university's security staff.

"Officers from Merseyside Police's High Tech Unit are examining the camera and enquiries are ongoing.

"They are taking it very seriously."

Numerous attempts were made to contact the university.

The Herald understands that it is co-operating with the police in relation to the ongoing investigation.

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