Met officer who took ‘upskirting’ video of schoolgirl on Tube spared jail

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Scotland Yard headquarters  (Metropolitan Police )
Scotland Yard headquarters (Metropolitan Police )

A decorated Met detective caught downloading child abuse images secretly filmed “upskirting” videos of a schoolgirl and women on the Tube.

Detective Constable Paul Allgood, 60, joined the force 17 years ago and specialised in investigating sex offences before working in economic crime.

Allgood wept in the dock after he was handed a 22-month prison term, suspended for two years, on Tuesday having previously pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children and three counts of outraging public decency.

Detectives who raided his home in north London found clips the officer had recorded up the skirt of a girl, aged 13 or 14, on the Underground as well as multiple other female passengers.

Wood Green Crown Court heard he had previously been commended for his work by a now-retired judge.

Judge Kaly Kaul QC said Allgood had not used his position as an officer to commit the crimes, but added: “You have by your conduct let down every single officer in the Metropolitan Police.

“You worked with those men and women and know, particularly through your work with that unit, how many officers dedicate their lives to protecting the vulnerable from abuse and degradation.”

After he was spared jail, Allgood asked to address the court and said through tears: “I have been here a lot.

“All the staff and all the judges, particularly those that maybe they are retired, I just wish to apologise to everybody.”

The court heard how his Enfield house was raided on June 4, 2019.

Allgood initially blamed family members when illegal pictures and videos were found on his laptop and other devices.

Officers had to take statements from his wife, daughters and son in order to confirm they had no involvement in his offending.

Images included indecent images of children, including 32 of the worst kind, with some of the abuse victims described as babies.

The officer has given notice of his resignation from the Met having been suspended since January, the court heard.

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