‘Paedo hunting’ Facebook group warned by police for trying to trap a man online

‘Paedo hunting’ Facebook group warned by police for trying to trap a man online

A ‘paedo hunting’ Facebook page has been rapped by police for trying to trap a man online.

Officers warned Hunters Online to stop pretending to be teenagers on website apps to catch paedophiles red-handed.

Ryan Donaghey, one of the team behind Hunters, said they would comply with the police.

But he defended the group’s activities saying “online grooming is a big problem and not enough is being done about it”.

Read on… http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/paedo-hunting-facebook-group-warned-by-police-for-trying-to-trap-a-man-online-1-7850224

A ‘paedo hunting’ Facebook page has been rapped by police for trying to trap a man online.

Officers warned Hunters Online to stop pretending to be teenagers on website apps to catch paedophiles red-handed.

Ryan Donaghey, one of the team behind Hunters, said they would comply with the police.

But he defended the group’s activities saying “online grooming is a big problem and not enough is being done about it”.

Hunters Online describe themselves as “a group of people aiming to make our children aware of online grooming and paedophiles”.

Read on… http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/a-paedo-hunting-facebook-page-has-been-rapped-by-police-for-trying-to-trap-a-man-online-1-7850134

13 thoughts on “‘Paedo hunting’ Facebook group warned by police for trying to trap a man online

  1. What an absurd response from the police authorities…..Let me see if I understand the situation correctly.
    1. Any pervert in the country can use the internet to contact underage children.
    2. My silly underage child can engage with them on-line.
    3. As a parent I am not allowed to identify and pursue the pervert but trust in the assurances of the police to have “full confidence in them to investigate and act to bring to justice the predators and deviants concerned”. Right!
    Well in my view these parents are doing what parents have always done. Guarding and protecting their kids….The difference being they are using the same tech that paedo’s use that wasn’t available to previous generations.
    I would say all the potential child molesters will be celebrating that one. An impotent police force and impotent parents is just what the doctor ordered for them….
    Well, trying to do the impossible and placing myself into the psychi of a pervert, I think I would be more restrained at the thought of group of determined parents doing surveillance and possibly catching me than any spin that comes out of Rotherhams local Police Constabulary….
    Keep up the work responsible parents…. You are doing your job….
    As a law abiding citizen this is one occasion that I would probably show the fingers to any policeman trying to stop me from protecting my kid from a monster…..

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    • I agree Linda.
      I would have thought the Police would welcome any initiatives to hound these perverts and ensure they are identified and, where possible make sure the local police force is informed.
      The Police Service often asks for help from members of the public to enable them to do their jobs but this attitude to a group of caring and dedicated people only serves to widen the gap between police and public.
      ‘Building Trust’? ‘Engaging with the community’?
      You’re having a laugh.

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  2. We should be united in our determination to both prevent child sexual abuse and bring abusers to trial.

    However, that concern should not lead to the encouragement of ill-thought-through amateur attempted entrapment, however well-meaning, which is as likely to result in bungled investigations, compromised evidence and acquitals of the guilty as it is to lead to justice.

    Have these people been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service? Paedophiles and child abusers are notorious for getting themselves into positions of trust with children in organisations which are lax about checking staff and volunteers.

    Have these people had any training in taking and recording evidence?

    How do you stop investigations leading to entrapment leading to confrontation leading to assault and more?

    There are too many examples of bungling amateur intervention resulting in disaster.

    Only yesterday we had a teenage girl recruited a gang of friends to lure a man to his death after mistakenly deciding he was a paedophile, a court has heard.
    Darren Kelly ‘killed by teenage paedophile vigilantes’

    If parents and others have time and energy to give to protecting teenagers, they’d be far better giving that to support a whole range of youth activities which are consistently struggling for adult commitment.

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    • Janet…. You disappoint me…. Let me just say that ‘training’ to nurture and protect offspring come the day the child is born…. That is with normal human beings of course…
      Now you sound to me like you are a person who has had ‘training’ of some sort that gives you some superior knowledge that ordinary parents don’t posses.
      The ‘training’ you speak of to protect our children is the kind of ‘training ‘ the RMBC councilors received, the police received, the children’s services received, and in your view the results should instill confidence in every parent that these ‘ trained individuals’ will care for our children….. I’ve got news for you Janet !!!!!!! It’s people with superiority complexes like RMBC, POLICE, SOCIAL Services and even yourself, that fuel up parents to go beyond the civil law…..
      The plain facts are…. 20 years of trusting ‘trained’ experts has ROTHERHAM for it’s trophy……….

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      • I have been highly critical of the performance of SY Police and Rotherham Council. It was unacceptable and unprofessional.

        That doesn’t mean that I rush in to support another group of people who are also clearly unprofessional. Quite the opposite.

        I don’t have any superiority complex but I do try to use my brain for its proper purpose.

        I’m a parent and a grand-parent. I’ve just spent the evening ‘mentoring’ a 14 year old girl who finds older men with fast cars and lots of money very attractive and then with her mother who is absolutely terrified that, one day soon, that attraction might prove fatal.
        What were you doing?

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    • Janet, why in heavens name would concerned parents who have been let down by all systems put in place for the protection of young people need the Disclosure and Barring Service before they are able to track deviants and let their kids know they are on to it….
      Whatever happened to society before these well paid ‘professionals’ were set up to do our job for us….My own preliminary investigation into the service is, D and B exist to help employers get the best person for the job… ( even employers can’t trust their own judgement)…. All this to me smacks of elitist society run by ‘trained professionals’ who believe they know more than the average person and are better equipped to tell us how to run our lives….

      It reminds me of our first and recent experience of owning a brand new car…It does everything except drive… All the bells and whistles… Alarms for everything. So complicated we’ve had it for three years and still get locked out. For all the advantages of technology we don’t drive any better than we did before. In recent ‘blow out ‘ of my ‘low profile expensive tyre ‘ I discovered there was no spare wheel… Just something in a bottle that might help for a puncture but I was screwed because it’s was blow out…As always the people that helped were ordinary joe blogs…. Because it was weekend the services we had already paid for were CLOSED…

      Back to the subject…. As far as I am aware citizens arrest is still legal in Britain and it is a simple matter for law enforcement to inform this group of concerned parents what the parameters are…. Simple… No need for a WARNING……

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  3. Now don’t get carried away. We all know we can have complete confidence in Rotherham MBC and South Yorkshire Police so why would there be any need for such a private venture?

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  4. For Janet Green, May I ask the question Janet …. sincerley …..Are you mentoring the young girl, or any girl in a professional capacity….? Are you a ‘trained’ person….
    Then I can give the answer to your question ‘what I do’….

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  5. Janet Green seems a little slow in answering my question re ‘is she a trained professional’… If she doesn’t hurry up perhaps I can conclude that she is a trained ( and possibly paid professional) equipped to tell concerned parents how to protect their children when they have been grossly let down by ( well , you know who)… If I am wrong I will apologise and withdraw….

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  6. It seems Janet Green doesn’t really want me to answer her question “What do you do “….
    Well, not sitting on my hands , that’s for sure…..And….wait for it ….. it’s voluntary work which is not confined between the hours of 9 to 5…Unpaid….. The training is the school of life, a fully functional b……t detector, a very handy tool to have, and the wisdom of old age….
    Every parent should have this printed on bedroom walls before kids get into trouble…..
    THINGS KIDS DON’T LEARN AT SCHOOL…..

    Rule 1. Life is not fair, get used to it
    Rule.2. The world won’t care about your self esteem.
    Rule.3. You will not make $40,000 a year straight out of high school and wont be vice president with a car phone until you’ve earned both.
    Rule 4. If you think your teacher is tough wait till you get a boss.
    Rule 5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for flipping burgers. They called it opportunity.
    Rule.6. If you mess up it’s not your parents fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes. Learn from them.
    Rule.7. Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk how cool you are.
    So before you save the rain forests from the parasites of your parents generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
    Rule.8. Your school may have done away with winners and loosers but life has not. Some schools have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life…
    Rule.9. Life is not divided up into semesters… You don’t get summer off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that in your own time…
    Rule 10. TV is NOT real life. In real life people leave the coffee shop and go to real jobs.
    Rule.11. Be nice to nerds, chances are you’ll end up working for one…

    Many ‘trained ‘ councilors will want to clap me in irons for this one Janet. However at gut level we know it’s true….

    It does my heart good when I hear my grown grandchildren ( 17 of em) can be heard saying… “I don’t always like what Granny tells me but it’s always true……

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  7. Until RMBC can become fit for purpose again we will always have groups who will practice entrapment, there are still many unanswered questions regarding the CSE scandal which we may never get the answer to. Until those on the council who are still in denial and those who have never been made accountable for their actions in concealing this for years the victims will not get closure

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