South Shields man who fled after being confronted by paedophile hunters Dark Justice arrested in Essex

A South Shields man has been arrested in Essex on suspicion of meeting a child following sexual grooming.
A South Shields man has been arrested in Essex on suspicion of meeting a child following sexual grooming.

A South Shields man who fled the scene after he was confronted by online paedophile hunters Dark Justice has been arrested in Essex.

Northumbria Police say a 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of meeting a child following sexual grooming and is currently in police custody.

Dark Justice yesterday said they had confronted a South Shields man who thought he was meeting a 15-year-old boy - but that he fled the scene before police could get there.

The group says the man had travelled to Newcastle believing he was meeting a 15-year-old boy following sexual grooming.

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A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "A 54-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon in the Essex area on suspicion of meeting a child following sexual grooming.

"He is currently in police custody and inquiries are ongoing."

Last night, Dark Justice posted on their page that the man had been found in Essex.