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03/09/2015 10:48 BST | Updated 03/09/2015 13:59 BST

Student Horrified After Finding Hidden Camera In Shower At Travelodge Hotel In Oxford

A 23-year-old woman has been left feeling "absolutely disgusted" after discovering a hidden camera behind a shower vent at a Travelodge hotel in Oxford.

Harmony Hachey, a student from Edinburgh, was staying at the hotel with colleagues for a work event in the area last weekend.

She was using the shower cubicle when she noticed the device behind a vent. She pried the vent open with a fork to find a hidden webcam.

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Harmoney Hachey, the student who discovered the hidden camera

The camera had been pointing directly where she had been standing naked in the shower just moments before.

Hachey told the Telegraph: "I was absolutely disgusted. I broke down at one point. I just felt so violated."

She added: "One of the girls had a shower and then I went in. It was the first thing I noticed. I was trying to convince myself I was crazy and it wasn't really there.

"I had my shower and I just carried on as usual convincing myself I was crazy. I was going through scenarios in my head."

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The hidden camera that Hachey spotted inside the vent

When Hachey discovered that the camera was exactly what she thought it was, she took photos as evidence before bringing the camera to the attention hotel staff.

The manager of the Travelodge was called and he removed the camera. Hachey later received a call from upper management, who told her that the camera was there for maintenance.

Hachey said: "She told me to calm down and there was no footage on there. But no one had looked."

After unsuccessfully trying to find another hotel in the area for the night, Hachey was offered a room change and a full refund.

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The Travelodge at Oxford Wheatley

Travelodge have offered their 'sincere apologies' over the incident.

A spokesperson told Huffington Post UK: "​We can confirm that on Friday 28th August 2015 a customer at our Oxford Wheatley hotel made us aware of the presence of what appeared to be a camera in their room.

"The privacy of our customers is a matter of the highest importance to us and the hotel team investigated immediately. While the camera appeared to be inoperative, we have reported this matter to the police and we are now supporting them fully with their ongoing investigations.

"We would like to offer our sincere apologies to the customer affected and will remain in contact with them to ensure the matter is resolved."

Thames Valley Police are investigating the incident and have confirmed that a camera was recovered from the hotel.

A spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we did receive a report of a webcam being found in a hotel room at Travelodge, Wheatley on Friday night.

"A camera has been recovered for examination. Reports of this nature are very rare, but we always treat them very seriously.

"We are working very closely with Travelodge to secure as much evidence as we can."