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Police warning over sharing paedophile hunters’ video

Created on 09/01/2019 @ 15:36
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Police are warning our readers not to share a video or a photograph posted on Facebook by a paedophile hunting group showing the apparent arrest of a Montgomery woman.

Catching Online Predators (COP) were present when local officers were filmed escorting a woman from her property to a marked car. They claim the woman was caught by one of their sting operations using a decoy with the information handed over to Dyfed-Powys Police.

But there are concerns that the information posted by the group online could impact the full investigation into the claims. The video had been viewed over 26,000 times by lunch time and shared by 185 people. Another photo with information has been shared more than 400 times.

There were also more than 340 comments on the video with many praising the group for their work.

“We are aware of a video that is circulating on social media which allegedly identifies a suspect of a sexual offence involving children, and recognise the strength of feeling which exists in respect of this,” said a spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police.

“We can confirm that a 33-year-old woman from Montgomery was arrested on Tuesday, January 8, on suspicion of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. She has been released on bail and the investigation is ongoing.

“Please refrain from sharing the video and from making any comments on the video which could amount to a criminal offence. This is in order to allow for a thorough investigation and to prevent the investigation being undermined.

“We also urge people not to take matters into their own hands or get involved in any unlawful activity which could hamper police enquiries. Where any criminal offences are committed, we will take appropriate action.

“Anyone with any information which may assist the investigation is asked to call 101, quoting ref. 085 of January 8 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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