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FASLANE PEEPING TOMS SPIED ON US UNDRESSING; Girls' fury at Navy CCTV scandal.



Byline: ANNA ADAMS

TWO girls hired as waitresses at the Faslane nuclear base have accused "peeping Tom Peeping Tom

stricken blind for peeping as the naked Lady Godiva rode by. [Br. Legend: Brewer Dictionary]

See : Blindness


Peeping Tom

struck blind for peeping at Lady Godiva. [Br.
" naval ratings of spying on them as they undressed.

And now Danielle Murphy and Claire Smith, both 29, are demanding compensation from Royal Navy chiefs for invasion of privacy invasion of privacy n. the intrusion into the personal life of another, without just cause, which can give the person whose privacy has been invaded a right to bring a lawsuit for damages against the person or entity that intruded. .

Navy top brass have already launched a major investigation into the accusations, especially since the men involved should have been keeping a watch on the high-security base.

But, instead, they allegedly used the MoD's CCTV CCTV
abbr.
closed-circuit television


CCTV closed-circuit television
 system to spy on the girls changing out off their skimpy skimp·y  
adj. skimp·i·er, skimp·i·est
1. Inadequate, as in size or fullness, especially through economizing or stinting: a skimpy meal.

2. Unduly thrifty; niggardly.
 costumes after hosting a boozy Caribbean party.

The girls were hired by party organisers Millennium Promotions to waitress last month after the mess at the base in Helensburgh was transformed into a tropical paradise.

But the carnival atmosphere turned sour when the horrified hor·ri·fy  
tr.v. hor·ri·fied, hor·ri·fy·ing, hor·ri·fies
1. To cause to feel horror. See Synonyms at dismay.

2. To cause unpleasant surprise to; shock.
 women, who are both from Glasgow, realised they were being spied on as they changed into their civvies civ·vies also civ·ies  
pl.n. Slang
Civilian clothes.



[Shortening and alteration of civilian.
.

A senior MoD source said the scandal had serious implications for the military base which houses Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent.

He said: "To misuse CCTV cameras in this fashion is a serious breach of security. It is unthinkable that workers would jeopardise security for the sake of titillation."

MoD police have seized the CCTV footage, which naval lawyers are now examining. A friend of the girls said: "Danielle and Claire were absolutely devastated when they found out that they were being spied on.

"It made their flesh creep to think that someone was filming them while they changing.

"They are very professional and have worked a lot of high-profile parties and events and this type of thing has never happened before.

"The girls were very worried about their reputations because they work at a lot of these events, which is why they consulted a lawyer."

She added: "They were also shocked that this kind of lewd and illegal behaviour could happen right under the nose of some of the most important Naval staff in Britain."

There is a dedicated committee at Faslane which organises entertainment for the troops.

Staff are said to be furious that the men may have put future parties and events in jeopardy.

A Navy source said: "The parties are an important part of life at Faslane, but it will be difficult to get women to come to the base if we have a reputation of being a bunch of randy peeping Toms."

An MoD police spokesman said the allegations had been taken very seriously.

He added: "I can confirm we received a formal complaint from two girls who were working at the base that night. We are investigating and will submit a report to the Procurator Fiscal.

"It is something that we have taken extremely seriously and our report will be submitted very soon."

But a spokeswoman for the MoD confirmed that the men had not been disciplined.

She added: "The claims are being looked at very thoroughly. The workers have not been suspended and we have no plans to do so until the investigation has been concluded."

The scandal is just the latest in a stream of security lapses at the base.

Last year, security at Faslane was under serious scrutiny when it was revealed that civilians could gain access to the base with a storecard instead of MoD identification.

And earlier this year, a Navy worker was caught smoking heroin in the engine room of one of the nuclear submarines.

TWO intruders were arrested by MoD police yesterday after trying to break into the Devonport naval base This article is about the Royal New Zealand Navy base in Auckland. For the Royal Navy base in Plymouth, see HMNB Devonport.

Devonport Naval Base - HMNZ Naval Base - is the home of the Royal New Zealand Navy, located at Devonport on Auckland's North Shore.
 in Plymouth, Devon, where one of Britain's Trident nuclear submarines is having a refit.

a.adams@sunday mirror.co.uk

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