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'Sexual predator hunters' group to bring over members from England to help with stings

Silent Justice said police have seized phones from members
Connla Young

A group of self-styled 'sexual predator hunters' have said they intend to bring over members from England to 'sting operations' in the north after claims that phones belonging to activists were seized by police.

Silent Justice claims two mobile phones were seized by the PSNI in Co Antrim at the weekend.

The group said they were taken when a man was confronted and accused of attempting to groom what he thought were four teenage girls aged between 11-14.

The man was accused by the group of sending indecent messages and images of himself to the girls, who were in fact adult decoys.

A spokesman for the PSNI last night said that “a 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming".

“He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.”

However, police didn’t respond when asked if officers had seized phones during the incident.

Two phones were also allegedly seized from members of the group by police in Co Down last month.

Silent Justice said in future a leading member who is based in England will travel to the north when sting operations are taking place.

In the past the PSNI and other groups have expressed concern about the tactics used by such groups.

Concerns were raised last month after a Co Antrim man took his own life after being confronted at his home by Silent Justice.

The man died a day after being released on police bail without being charged with any offence.

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