A SUSPECTED peeping Tom was caught by angry athletes as he filmed women relieving themselves before the Great North Run.

The 28-year-old was grabbed when he was spotted filming women on a video camera as they ducked into bushes.

Portable toilets are provided at the start, but with many of the 50,000 competitors wanting to go before the race, the bushes are a popular stop.

The man was tackled by furious runners, who had seen what he was up to and held until police arrived.

A police spokesman confirmed that they were looking into the incident.