Man charged af­ter video posted on­line

vig­i­lantes: Po­lice warn peo­ple not to take the law into their own hands and to let them do their job

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - paul Ma­lik

Po­lice have re­minded peo­ple not to take the law into their own hands, af­ter a man was charged in con­nec­tion with a video posted by a vig­i­lante group.

Of­fi­cers from Po­lice Scot­land con­firmed a 36-year-old man was de­tained in the city on Sat­ur­day night af­ter re­ports of a num­ber of al­leged groom­ing of­fences were handed over.

The man has sub­se­quently been charged and will ap­pear at Dundee Sher­iff Court later to­day.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Nicky McGovern asked that the po­lice be al­lowed to do their job and said all rea­son­able steps are be­ing car­ried out by of­fi­cers to pro­tect the pub­lic.

Mr McGovern said: “We take th­ese re­ports very se­ri­ously and are cur­rently mak­ing in­quiries into what was re­ported to us last night.

“I would urge the lo­cal com­mu­nity to al­low us to make the nec­es­sary in­quiries and not take mat­ters into their own hands. I would like to re­as­sure the pub­lic that all rea­son­able steps are be­ing taken to pro­tect them.”

A “child pro­tec­tion” vig­i­lante group posted a video on­line af­ter film­ing them­selves at­tend­ing the door of a man thought to be liv­ing in the Lochee area.

The group, who call them­selves Creep Catch­ers, say they are a col­lec­tion of con­cerned par­ents who have come to­gether be­cause they feel po­lice forces across the coun­try are “strug­gling” to hunt child sex of­fend­ers.

A sim­i­lar “pae­dophile hun­ters” group, Dark Jus­tice, snared a for­mer Dundee bus driver in 2014 who was later con­victed of at­tempt­ing to meet a 14-year-old child for sex­ual ac­tiv­ity in New­cas­tle.

Ron­ald Young, from Mon­trose, sent ex­plicit mes­sages in­volv­ing bes­tial­ity to what he thought was a 13-year-old girl he be­friended on­line be­fore mak­ing the 200mile jour­ney to Ty­ne­side to meet her.

It tran­spired Young had been en­gag­ing in vile dis­cus­sions with a mem­ber of the group, who turned up to meet the con­victed sex of­fender at New­cas­tle cen­tral train sta­tion.

The two-man Dark Jus­tice team held on to Young un­til he could be ar­rested and handed a dossier of his ac­tiv­i­ties to po­lice.

We take th­ese re­ports very se­ri­ously. DI NICKY MCGOVERN

A still from the video cap­tured by vig­i­lante group Creep Catch­ers.

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