A man has been arrested after being confronted on camera by Facebook Vigilantes who landed on his doorstep on Teesside. Despite being charged with two child sex offences. Cleveland Police has made it clear they do not support these actions.
The video which was uploaded to facebook Page Internet Interceptors showed the man from Grangetown being confronted.
Cleveland Police confirmed the suspect who has now been charged and is due to appear in court following footage which appeared online. They further warned that actions of groups like Internet Interceptors are ‘Disrupting police investigations’.
Cleveland Police confirmed that “The man is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on December 7.”
A confrontation which happened in April was taken down by YouTube. Facebook has also suspended and removed the Internet Interceptors page. Cleveland Police has now issued very strong words of advice to would-be vigilante groups such as Internet Interceptors.
Cleveland Police is now warning similar groups carrying out similar stings to stop saying “Whilst police investigate information supplied by vigilante groups we cannot condone such actions
“They may have the best of intentions, but members of these groups put themselves at risk and they can also put vulnerable victims at risk whilst disrupting police investigations.
“Police advise people not to carry out their own inquiries and not to take matters into their own hands, but to contact them and raise their concerns with the authorities who can investigate thoroughly and in the safest possible way.”
The videos that Internet Interceptors upload show them door stepping a number of suspected offenders and conducting an interview with them based on the evidence they have already gathered.
They manage to get video-recorded confessions of the crimes they are suspected of committing.