Pub­lic toi­let in­ci­dent


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Hay­den Thom­son

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.’’

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