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'Paedophile hunter' evidence used to charge 150 suspects

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    Evidence from so-called paedophile hunter groups was used to charge suspects at least 150 times last year, a BBC investigation has found.

    A Freedom of Information request, sent to every police force in England and Wales, showed a seven-fold increase in the use of such evidence from 2015.

    Twenty-nine of the forty-three forces approached (67%) provided data.

    Despite this, the National Police Chiefs Council say the groups' tactics present "significant risks".

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    The online groups use what they call "decoys" to pose as underage children and wait to be contacted by adults.

    They then converse privately with adults and identify those attempting to groom young people.

    Individuals are then tracked down, the confrontation is often streamed live on social media and police are called.

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    A 'decoy' - 'Sarah' of Predator Exposure
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    "They [the targets] are always made aware of the child's age at the start of the chat, so there's no misconception about how old the child is," Sarah said.

    "We class ourselves as child protectors - if a potential predator is talking to my decoy, they aren't talking to a real child, that's the way I look at it."

    Sarah told the BBC she spent hours replying to messages which often contain explicit language, photos and videos.

    "I set a new decoy up one night, by the next morning I had had 180 friend requests, mostly from men," she said.

    "We're only touching the tip of the iceberg, it's right across social media. Even if we just take 20 out, those 20 aren't going to be child rapists."

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    It is thought about 75 active "paedophile hunter" groups are operating across the UK.

    Police warn the groups' actions may interfere with surveillance operations and "evidence" they gather may be illegally obtained and therefore excluded from a prosecution.

    One group, Predator Exposure, was founded in Leeds in 2016 and claims to have supplied evidence leading to the conviction of more than 20 sex crime offenders in the past 12 months.
     
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    the article is a joke if you don't get it .. it suggests that the hunters are pedo's themselves .
     
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    They're doing a great job overall, but there have been istances of them harrassing the wrong person, showing up at wrong addresses etc. It begs the question, why can't the police do this?