Colburn man charged after investigation by paedophile hunters

The man is led from his house and put in the back of a police van.

A man has been charged with child grooming offences after being arrested at his home in Colburn on Friday night.

The arrest came after the man was investigated by so-called paedophile hunters – members of the public who help police catch sex offenders.

The group, The Innocence Keepers, uses underage decoy profiles online and passes information to police when paedophiles make contact and attempt to groom them.

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The group knocked on the alleged offender’s door on Friday night after contact online.

The man opened the door but spoke only briefly before shutting the door.

The incident was live streamed on Facebook and has so far been watched by more than 100,000 people.

The footage shows the police arriving and then later taking the man away in a police van.

Local residents watched the incident unfold on Friday night and The Innocence Keepers received numerous comments online thanking them for their efforts.

Concern was also expressed for the man’s dog which could be seen on the video.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed they attended an address in Colburn on Friday evening and arrested a man in his 20s.

A spokesman said: “Following an investigation, he was yesterday charged with attempting to meet a child following grooming.”

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in front of magistrates in York on Monday.

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