Public toilet incident
WOMAN CONTACTS POLICE AFTER SEEING MAN PEERING OVER CUBICLE WALL
A Shepparton woman, 50, says she is still shaken almost a week after seeing a man peering into a female toilet cubicle at the new Fraser St toilets in the CBD.
About 3.15 pm on Thursday last week, the victim said she went to the toilet and was exiting a cubicle when she noticed a man.
‘‘I realised it was a bloke when his head popped up over the locked cubicle next to me,’’ she said.
‘‘I was so distraught I was nearly in tears.’’
The woman, who spoke to The News anonymously, said she reported the incident to police but wanted the community to be aware of the incident.
‘‘If it had have been an elderly lady she would’ve had a heart attack,’’ she said.
‘‘I wanted it to be made known because I wouldn’t forgive myself if something happened to someone . . . people should be aware.’’
The victim said she called police soon after the incident occurred and they were quick to attend the scene.
Shepparton police said they were aware of the incident and were currently investigating.
‘‘He was obviously up to no good . . . it’s the first time I’ve used the new toilet and will be the last,’’ the victim said.
‘‘It scared me so much that I’m wary of going anywhere at the moment because I’m really creeped out.’’
City of Greater Shepparton Deputy Mayor Kim O’Keefe said she was contacted by the victim and had been speaking with other councillors about the incident.
‘‘Community safety is a priority whether you are a councillor or you’re a citizen,’’ she said.
It is understood that the Safer City Camera Network system in Shepparton’s Maude St Mall does not extend to the newly refurbished toilets.
‘‘(We’re) looking at extending the CCTV security in the mall . . . (and) because of the increased usage and the location of the toilets, it’s definitely something that needs to be discussed,’’ Cr O’Keefe said.
‘‘I’m hoping to catch up with the police to see the extent as to what the system covers and will talk with the CEO about the option of extending it.’’