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Cleveland Police: Peado Hunters are disrupting police investigations

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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.

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Update: Hartlepool School Children warned to be vigilant

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A School in Hartlepool has today warned parents and school children to be vigilant following a suspicious incident at the school fence.

Eldon Grove Academy sent a message to parents warning that whilst children were in the playground at lunch time a man approached the fence and spoke to one of the children.

It’s reported that the man approached and offered children ice lollies at Ward Jackson Primary School in Hartlepool.

While someone in a red Volvo was driving suspiciously when a member of staff approached the car drove away erratically.

A spokesman for Ward Jackson Primary School has told Police Hour “Yesterday lunchtime a man tried to engage in conversation with a pupil who was securely inside the school perimeter fence.

“The safety of our pupils and community is paramount and we immediately notified the police and have notified our parents and urged them to be vigilant.”

 

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council told Police Hour: “The safety of children in Hartlepool is our top priority, and as soon as the school made us aware, we notified our other schools as a precaution.”

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Hartlepool School Children warned to be vigilant

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A School in Hartlepool has today warned parents and school children to be vigilant following a suspicious incident at the school fence.

Eldon Grove Academy sent a message to parents warning that whilst children were in the playground at lunch time a man approached the fence and spoke to one of the children.

It’s reported that the man approached and offered children ice lollies at Greatham Church of England School in Hartlepool.

While someone in a red Volvo was driving suspiciously when a member of staff approached the car drove away erratically.

Greatham Church of England School in Hartlepool also warned parents “We have been notified that a man has approached a local school offering children an ice lolly, please stay vigilant.”

Cleveland Police have not commented on the incident.

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Naked runner who terrified over 40 women caught by discarded till receipt

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A NAKED runner who targeted dozens of young women has been caught after determined beat officers used a discarded shopping receipt to track him down.

Over the last few weeks, the serial flasher has been targeting women on the riverbanks in Durham City.

But a discarded till receipt for a packet of Haribo found at the scene eventually helped officers trace an 18-year-old suspect, who was arrested and has now admitted his guilt.

Since April, around a dozen women reported that a man, naked except for his running shoes, had been seen on the riverside footpaths between Durham Rowing Club and the Maiden Castle sports complex.

Police believed that he was waiting for lone women, many of them joggers using the popular riverside routes, before emerging from his hidden vantage point and indecently exposing himself.

Although a dozen women, aged from their late teens to their 40s, reported the flasher, police believe there may have been many more incidents which went unreported.

Durham City Police carried out a series of operations, including plain clothes patrols in which female officers posed as joggers to lure the suspect out.

But the breakthrough came when one of the tenacious officers found a place on the parapet of a disused railway bridge which the culprit used to spot his victims coming.

An empty sweet packet and shop receipt found nearby allowed officers to scour CCTV footage from the store and pinpoint the moment that the sweets were bought, giving them an image of a suspect which matched the description given by the victims.

Officers were then able to trace the suspect to a city centre address, where he was arrested and admitted all the offences.

The man has since been admitted to Checkpoint, a four-month intervention programme to deal with his behaviour.

Sergeant Kay Howarth, of Durham City Police, said: “This was quite an unusual case because the riverside in Durham is usually such a safe place and is visited by families all the time, which made us all the more determined to catch him.

“It must have been very alarming for these women to have a stranger jump out at them while they were simply out enjoying a run.

“We would like to thank all those who rang in to report this man and for all those local runners who helped with our investigation.

“Our officers were determined to find this man and we will continue to work to make sure Durham is a safe place for everyone”.

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