July 2016

Bullring pervert: Police pledge to reopen case if victims come forward


Police have urged females of all ages who fear they may be the victim of an Bullring shopping centre phone pervert to contact them.

West Midlands Police pledge to reopen the case against convicted sex pest Christopher Harvey, 21, if more females come forward.

He was handed a suspended jail sentence this week at Birmingham Magistrates Court for secretly filming up the skirts of women and girls at the Bullring and Grand Centralshopping centres.

Harvey, of Woodhouse Road, Quinton, was found with an astonishing 300 videos on his mobile phone after stalking victims as they rode on escalators, visited stores, or walked through the city centre.

He also targeted the unsuspecting females in Brindleyplace, Broad Street, Corporation Street and Harborne Village.

He was finally caught on December 17 last year when a Bullring security guard saw him acting suspiciously outside the Disney store.

Police say it was difficult to find victims in the videos due to the nature of the footage.

But a spokeswoman added: “The lead officer investigating the case said they would certainly reopen the case if potential victims came forward and are able to identify themselves in the videos.

“Due to the nature of the footage it was difficult to identify the female victims so Harvey was prosecuted for the footage taken on the day he was arrested.

“However, if women feel they were a victim they should come forward and speak to us.”

Harvey admitted two charges of making indecent photos and two of observing a person doing a private act. He was sentenced to 12 months jail, suspended for two years, by magistrates who said they were serious offences committed over a long period.

He was also told to pay £185 costs and a £80 victim surcharge and was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Potential victims can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.