Pervert took pictures of naked woman in town’s sunbed shop

A Chorley woman has spoken of her horror after catching a pervert taking pictures of her naked in a sunbed shop.

Mum-of-two Lauren Grant was rubbing lotion into her body when she spotted a camera phone being used to take pictures of her over the top of a partition wall.

She raised the alarm with shocked staff at The Tanning Place, in Market Street, and a 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene.

The man admitted the allegations and was issued an £80 fine and the offer to write a letter of apology to his victim.

“It doesn’t seem fair that he got away so lightly,” 31-year-old victim Lauren said. “I was in complete shock when I realised what was happening.

“I could hear a creaking noise in the next room and when I looked up I saw the phone over the top of the partition, but I thought I must be seeing things.

“I tried to dismiss it, but as I was rubbing cream in the lower part of my body I saw it again and then for a third time.

“I pulled my coat and pants on as fast as I could and ran in to reception to tell them what had happened and the man in the shop locked the front door and rang 999.

“The person with the phone had gone into the toilet and when he did finally come out we confronted him, but he didn’t say anything.

“I think he was shocked to see me standing there.”

The man, who has not been named by police, was arrested and taken into custody for questioning and officers searched his home.

Lauren added: “I was upset about what had happened, but angry more than anything and as time has passed I have been getting more and more mad.

“After he was arrested the police came to my house and told me he had been given an £80 fine. I couldn’t believe it.

“They also said he had been crying during the interview and that he had offered to write me a letter of apology, but I think that is an insult and I don’t want him to think that I have forgiven him for what he has done.

“My daughter was sat in the reception when it all happened and she was really upset and my partner is seething.

“I just worry that it could have been a teenage girl he was taking pictures of.”

Jason Mitchell, owner of The Tanning Place, has now banned the man from his shop and taken measures to stop it happening again.

He said: “I have owned tanning salons for 10 years and this is the first time that anything like this has ever happened.

“I am absolutely shocked and sickened and want to reassure customers that this will never be able to happen again.

“There has to be a gap in the petitions to allow the hot air to escape and we have them at a height that people won’t be physically able to look over the top.

“But we are going to add extra height to them to ensure mobile phones will not be able to be used either.

“I have a personal concern because my own wife and daughter work in the shop and I have banned the man for life from the shop.

“His description and name has also been circulated to all of the staff who work at the salon.”

A spokesman for Chorley Police said: “A 34-year-old man from Chorley was arrested for using threatening words or behaviour under the Public Order Act.

“As a result of interviews and enquiries, the man was issued with a penalty notice for the offence.”