Felixstowe suspect confronted in pub car park after vigilante paedophile hunters’ internet sting

Internet child grooming suspect held

Internet child grooming suspect held - Credit: PA

A Felixstowe man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual grooming after internet vigilante paedophile hunters claimed to have trapped him in a sting.

The 36-year-old suspect, who is said to have previously worked with children, has now been released on bail.

He was detained after being confronted in a Felixstowe pub car park.

It is claimed he had gone to the location because he believed he was meeting an 11-year-old.

According to the woman and men who confronted him he had been speaking in an internet chatroom with what he believed to be a number of children, although they were said to be decoys. It is claimed photos were sent by him during the conversations.

Cat Cowie, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary confirmed a Felixstowe man was arrested on July 19 on suspicion of sexual grooming.

He was taken to Martlesham police investigation centre where he was questioned, before being released on bail until August 8.