A BARRHEAD mum has said she won’t let her kids out to play after discovering she lives near a predatory pensioner who secretly filmed up little girls’ skirts and shared the footage with paedophiles across the globe.

The furious mother, who asked not to be named, was horrified to learn more than 8,000 images featuring child exploitation had been collected by Robert Malaney over a seven-year period.

After 76-year-old Malaney appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court earlier this month, it also emerged he had hidden a camera in a shopping basket so he could record voyeuristic images of youngsters’ underwear.

He continued to live at his Barrhead home after it was raided in October 2020 and a number of items, including a laptop, were seized.

Now out on bail and with his crimes exposed, the mum and others nearby said they fear the creep, who has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register, may continue to stay there until he returns to court for sentencing next month.

“The police have told me I don’t have any right to know if my kids were included in any of those pictures,” the mum told the Barrhead News.

“I also have no right to know if he’s still living here."

Malaney pleaded guilty to creating indecent images of children on dates between 2013 and 2020.

He admitted conducting himself in a disorderly manner when he covertly recorded indecent images of children at the now-closed Dobbie’s Garden Centre, in Paisley, Glasgow Central train station and various locations in Barrhead by filming up their skirts and keeping the recordings on dates between April 2013 and September 2019.

Malaney also pleaded guilty to operating equipment to film covert footage of a child in Barrhead in 2016.

A police spokesman said: “Protecting the public is a top priority for Police Scotland.

“Every offender is assessed and managed in line with the risk they present.

“Information sharing between MAPPA (multi-agency public protection arrangements) partners and initial risk assessments take place for all offenders regardless of the level of risk management.”