Voyeur, 57, is caught taking upskirt pictures of tourists’ underwear outside Buckingham Palace

A voyeur caught taking upskirt pictures of women’s underwear at a tourist hotspot told police it was his ‘hobby’, a court heard.

Richard Sivier, 57, was seen following young women outside Buckingham Palace on June 20. 

He had a camera lens poking out of his bag and was using the camera to take secret photos and videos.

Richard Sivier, 57, was caught secretly filming and taking pictures of tourists outside of Buckingham Palace (stock image)

Richard Sivier, 57, was caught secretly filming and taking pictures of tourists outside of Buckingham Palace (stock image)

Richard Sivier, 57, was caught secretly filming and taking pictures of tourists outside of Buckingham Palace (stock image)

A woman pushing a child in a buggy was among his targets, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told. 

When he was approached by police, Sivier confessed to ‘upskirting’ and told them he had been carrying out his ‘hobby of sorts’ for 18 months in Cambridge and London.

Denise Johnson, prosecuting said: ‘On 20 June at 11:15am police officers, on Spur Road in the Buckingham Palace area, received a call about a man filming up skirts.

‘They saw Mr Sivier and decided to follow him.

‘He began to film a woman who was about 25 years old, walking with another man, and he then positioned his bag near her.

‘The officers saw that there was a lens poking out of the bag and the female did not seem to know what was going on.

A 25-year-old woman and a woman pushing a buggy were some of his targets. Sivier told police he also had recordings of up skirts from the Trooping the Colour

A 25-year-old woman and a woman pushing a buggy were some of his targets. Sivier told police he also had recordings of up skirts from the Trooping the Colour

A 25-year-old woman and a woman pushing a buggy were some of his targets. Sivier told police he also had recordings of up skirts from the Trooping the Colour

‘The defendant soon came across another female and this behaviour was repeated.

‘The woman was, again, in her early 20s, was standing against some railings and appeared unaware of what the defendant was doing.

‘He was then seen on the bridge again carrying out the same behaviour to other females.

‘Sivier stopped by the Horse Guards Parade, again doing the same thing, or trying to do the same thing, on a woman pushing a child in a buggy.

‘But he could not keep up with the woman because she was walking too quickly.’ 

The court heard officers approached Sivier and he immediately admitted to upskirting.

‘Sivier told police he also had recordings of up skirts from the Trooping the Colour when he was last in London,’ Johnson explained.

‘He was using a new Max digital SR Camera and it was concealed in the bag for this purpose. 

Sivier, from Cambridge, admitted committing an act of indecent behaviour in public. 

He was released on conditional bail and will be sentenced next week. 




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