Police are investigating a cleaner who allegedly took upskirt photographs of women at Flemington Racecourse on Derby day.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed that the Victoria Racing Club had reported the matter.
A VRC spokesman confirmed a cleaner was dismissed and escorted from the racecourse following complaints. He said the VRC was conducting an investigation into the incident and the cleaner was a casual employee who worked for a contractor.
Racing columnist Tim Auld reported the incident to racecourse security. Auld, who works for Fairfax Media, said he was in the mounting yard when he noticed the man taking upskirt photographs.
’’I thought to myself, I don’t believe that bloke’s just done that. I kept watching and then he walked past another woman in a short skirt pretending he’s cleaning, but with the other hand, used his phone to take a photo up her dress,’’ he said.
He said he alerted an official and event security. It is understood security staff deleted about 15 photographs from the man’s phone before evicting him.
The police spokeswoman was unable to comment about whether the security staff who deleted the images were also being investigated, as the actions could be considered tampering with evidence.
Fairfax reported in July last year that the number of people charged with upskirting offences had doubled since legislation was introduced to counter a surge in small but powerful cameras in 2007.