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Paedophile hunters snare man trying to lure teens.

A MAN was caught twice in three months by the same group of paedophile hunters as he tried to meet schoolboys for sex.

Paul Southern started chatting to who he believed to be a 14-year-old on gay dating website Grindr but it was in fact a fake profile set up by Guardians of the North.

The 38-year-old began sending messages of a sexual nature and invited the teenager to his house, a court heard. But members of the paedophile group turned up on his doorstep instead, armed with a camera.

Newcastle Crown Court was told Southern was arrested and bailed for the first offence but, within three months, was back on the dating website and talking to another 14-year-old boy.

Unbeknown to Southern, he was again talking to members of Guardians of the North and, again, he arranged for the teenager to come to his house for sex. Southern was confronted and arrested for the second time and has now been jailed after pleading guilty to two counts of attempting to incite a child into sexual activity.

Jailing him for 21 months, Judge Amanda Rippon said she was "troubled" that he'd done the same thing again, despite being on police bail for the first offence.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 27, 2017
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