A MAN is to face trial accused of "upskirting" female shoppers at three Clackmannanshire supermarkets.

Ryan Fox is alleged to have filmed underneath the clothing of females, whose identities are unknown, on various occasions between February 19 and March 14 this year.

Charges against the 32-year-old allege that he approached women at the Asda, Aldi and Tesco stores in Alloa before secretly videoing their underwear, buttocks and genitals with a mobile phone, without their knowledge or consent.

He is accused of doing so with the intention of enabling himself or another to look at the video, and thereby committed the offence of voyeurism, contrary to the 2009 Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act.

It is also alleged that between January 19, 2018 and March 16, 2019, at the same stores, he committed a breach of the peace by following and filming an eight-year-old girl, and other women and children, also without their knowledge and consent.

Furthermore, on March 16, at Asda, he is alleged to have been in the possession of a sharply pointed item, namely a pair of scissors, in a public place without reasonable excuse.

On March 25, at Alloa Sheriff Court, it is accused of assaulting a custody officer, brandished a needle, demanded she removed his handcuffs, and struggled with her causing her to fall to the ground, all to her severe injury, in an attempt to escape and defeat the ends of justice.

At a procedural hearing at Stirling Sheriff Court on Tuesday this week, Fox, of Alloa, pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

Defence agent Kelly Howe said there had recently been a change of solicitors in the case, and she needed more time to prepare.

Sheriff Simon Collins QC continued the case to a further preliminary hearing on August 7, when it is hoped a trial date will be set.

He continued Fox's remand in custody.

Upskirting has been stipulated as an offence in Scotland since 2010; however, it was only criminalised in England and Wales in April this year.