20/04/2015

Man Arrested Over Assaults On Suspected Paedophiles

Greater Manchester Police have arrested a man in connection with alleged assaults on two suspected paedophiles.

It is understood that a man described as a "vigilante paedophile hunter" has been arrested in connection with assaults on two men in separate incidents on Friday and Saturday.

A 19-year-old man reported being attacked by a group of men in a church car park in Atherton, near Wigan at about 21:00 on Friday. It is understood that the group accused of the man of having arranged to meet what he believed to be a 14-year-old at the car park. Upon arrival he was attacked by a group of men, who filmed the incident. Police said that the 19-year-old later received messages demanding money, or the footage would be posted to Facebook. The man reported the incident to police on Saturday and was subsequently arrested. He has since been bailed pending further inquiries.

This was followed by another attack on Saturday at about 14:40 at Market Place in Wigan.

A 25-year-old man from Skelmersdale was accused of arranging to meet a 14-year-old girl, before being attacked.

The attack was filmed and the footage later posted online.

Escaping his attackers, the man contact police, and was also subsequently arrested and charged with grooming.

Police said that their investigation is ongoing.

(MH/CD)

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