One of England’s future rugby stars has been formally cautioned for voyeurism after a woman complained he filmed her as she prepared to shower in a swimming pool changing room.
Koree Britton, 22, who has been part of the national U20s squads, was arrested after police were called to the public leisure centre in Cheltenham, Glos.
A horrified woman reported seeing a mobile phone appear under the open base of the cubicle where she was undressing in a unisex changing room.
Police were called to the @Cheltenham Leisure centre after the incident at 8.15am on Monday March 31 and Britton was arrested.
A source said: “The leisure centre has communal changing areas with cubicles that are open at the bottom.
“A woman bend down to pick up some shampoo and saw her reflection on a phone.
“She started hammering down the door on the cubicle next to her but the person inside wouldn’t come out.
“The police were called and he was arrested.”
A police spokesman said: “Police were called to a report of a male taking a photograph or video of a woman getting changed in a cubicle.
“The report was that he had taken a photo or video underneath the cubicle using a mobile phone.
“A 22 year-old man from Gloucester has been cautioned for voyeurism.
“It was deemed appropriate to give him a formal caution. That may be because he was remorseful, or had not committed any previous offences.”
When asked to confirm Britton’s name a spokesman for Gloucestershire police said: “You are correct – and he gave his occupation as rugby player.
“We can confirm it for you because he has gone through our process here.”
Britton is a hooker with Gloucester rugby club and has been on their books since 2009.
He was a key member of the England side that won the 2012 U20 Six Nations title and scored the only try in England’s 7th place play-off against Australia at the 2012 Junior World Championships in South Africa.
He made his Aviva Premiership debut for Gloucester in September 2012 and has played a number of times this season, including a start against Biarritz in the Amlin Cup Quarter Final tie.
In April 2013, it was announced he had signed a contract extension that will see him staying at Kingsholm for the foreseeable future.
No-one was available for comment at Britton’s redbrick detached home in Quedgeley, Glos. We left a message but have not yet had a reply.
A woman who answered the phone at the address yesterday said: “Don’t call again, don’t come to my house again.”
Stephen Petherick, general manager at leisure@cheltenham, said: “We take public safety very seriously and staff are vigilant in monitoring activities.
“We encourage customers to report anything suspicious and will act swiftly to confront anyone who breaches our security policies.
“We are pleased to work closely with the police to ensure that matters are investigated and resolved as quickly as possible.”
A spokesman for Gloucester Rugby Club confirmed they were aware of the incident.
He said: “The club has started an internal investigation into the matter and will not be making any further comment.”