‘gen­uine Threat’

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Police Chief -

An NSPCC spokesper­son said: “While the teenager in this case was fic­tional, Bur­rin’s in­ten­tions were clear and that means he poses a gen­uine threat to chil­dren and young peo­ple in the real world.

“On­line abuse and groom­ing is one of the big­gest child protection chal­lenges we face so it is right that Bur­rin faced the courts for his ap­palling ac­tions.

“While we have ev­ery sym­pa­thy for peo­ple con­cerned about sus­pected abusers, we don’t con­done mem­bers of the pub­lic tak­ing the law into their own hands.

“This is be­cause it can run the risk of driv­ing of­fend­ers un­der­ground, en­dan­ger police work and the le­gal process or re­sult in in­no­cent peo­ple be­ing ha­rassed – all of which may put more chil­dren at risk.

”If a child is in im­me­di­ate dan­ger peo­ple should call the police on 999.

“Adults wor­ried about the wel­fare of a child can call the NSPCC’S helpline for help and ad­vice. Chil­dren can call Childline on 0800 1111.”

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