A vigilante group with over 50 convictions against child sex offenders have announced they will now be ‘closing down’ their operations just days after one of their stings went badly wrong. They have now announced they are staying.
The Hunted One announced the location and the identification of an offender on Facebook Live turned into a violent confrontation at Bluewater shopping centre.
during a violent confrontation at Bluewater on Sunday (April 16) during one of the team’s live ‘stings’ in which they confronted a suspected sex offender after posing as a child online.
During the incident, the group records a Facebook Live video of a man they say attempted to groom a 14-year-old girl via text messaging.
Two men, not believed to be part of the group can then been seen attempting to punch and kick the suspect before Bluewater security guards rush in to stop the violence.
The group have now announced they have reviewed the way in which they are carrying out their operations and will now no longer live stream stings
The Hunted One said “After Careful Consideration and team discussion’s we have decided that in moving forward that we will no longer be going live for the stings, as we don’t want Cases and Evidence ruined after all our hard work in collecting the information for a successful conviction.
“The safety of our team as well as the General Public is paramount. We thank you for your continued support, you will be seeing us soon.”
Detective Chief Inspector Emma Banks said: “I strongly discourage people taking the law into their own hands to avoid them and others including individuals which may have been wrongfully identified, being put in any danger.
“Any acts of violence reported will always be fully investigated and enquiries into this incident are ongoing.’