Police arrest ‘voyeur’ peeping pensioner caught peering into changing cubicle at Exmouth Leisure Centre

A peeping pensioner was spoken to by police after he was clocked looking under a changing cubicle at Exmouth Leisure Centre. 

Officers arrested a 67-year-old man when they were called to the fitness hub and pool off Royal Avenue with a report of voyeurism on Tuesday morning (August 27).

He was ‘spoken to and no further action was taken’, said a force spokesperson.

Peter Gilpin, LED Leisure and Management CEO, said such incidents were rare, but warned customers to be vigilant and immediately report anyone acting suspiciously.

He praised leisure centre staff for their professionalism.

Mr Gilpin said: “Whilst this was an unpleasant and distressing incident for the member of the public, I am reassured that my staff dealt with it in a very calm and professional manner, as they have been trained to do.

“This sort of incident is rare although staff and members of the public should always be alert to the possibility, and report it immediately, as this customer did.

“The offender in question was consequently questioned and detained by the police very quickly.

EastDevonNews.co.uk understands the man was using a mirror to peer into the cubicle.

A police source said Exmouth Leisure Centre staff spotted the behaviour, reported it ‘and did the right thing in keeping an eye on him’.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Police are currently investigating reports of an act of voyeurism which took place at Exmouth sport centre on Tuesday 27 August at around 10.30am.

“A man had reportedly looked under a changing cubicle.

“A 67-year-old man was arrested and spoken to by police and no further action was taken.”

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