A voyeur has been jailed after he installed a camera at a Brighouse firm to watch female colleagues using the toilet.

And it emerged Roger Marsh had spent years secretly filming up the skirts of hundreds of women in public for his own sexual gratification.

Marsh was described as “manipulative and predatory” by a judge.

The pervert’s bizarre activities came to light after he was caught using a camera strapped with Velcro to his shoe in the Ikea shop at Birstall, on November 29 last year.

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Mehran Nassiri prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court a man shopping with his wife noticed Marsh acting oddly because of the strange position he was standing near to her and when he saw something flash on his shoe he bent down and spotted the camera.

He grabbed hold of it and challenged Marsh saying: “What the hell is this?” Marsh denied any wrongdoing saying “It’s not what you think” but he was found to have been filming up her skirt.

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Marsh’s details were taken and later that day his home, then in Halifax, was searched and computers and hard drives were seized.

He also had two screens in his bedroom showing footage of a woman using the toilet. Marsh was interviewed and not only admitted filming up the shopper’s skirt in Ikea but doing the same to other women.

He also then admitted for the previous 18 months he had been secretly filming some women staff at work in Brighouse at a firm where he had been employed for 35 years.

He said he would set up the camera to record 35 to 40 minutes prior to staff leaving the workplace for the day because that was the busiest time for using the toilets.

Mr Nassiri said police found 709,376 images and videos of which only a sample was reviewed. He said 1,653 live files of a voyeuristic nature were recovered including some footage of a neighbour taken into her home through a window.

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They also recovered 9,547 indecent images of children graded at the lowest level C and one video at level B.

James Gelsthorpe representing Marsh said it was “a deeply troubling case.”

He had lived a very isolated existence with few close relationships, his last one ending 10 years ago. “His only real interaction was with colleagues at work whom he regarded as friends and he accepts he has grossly abused their trust.”

Marsh, 65, recently of Park Lane Bottom, Cowling, Keighley, admitted three charges of voyeurism, two of making indecent photographs and one of outraging public decency. He was jailed for a total of 18 months and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said the offences were too serious to avoid an immediate sentence.

“It was a gross invasion of their privacy. They were unaware of it at the time. They are aware of it now and it must be absolutely devastating for them to know you have abused your position in that way essentially to defile them and invade their privacy. It was manipulative and predatory.”