Today (16th May) a male was arrested by Essex Police Officers after arranging to meet who he thought was a young child online.
He turned up in the B&Q car-park in Harlow and was arrested by officers. When checking his car it was seen that he had laid the back seats down and put a duvet down to make it into a bed.
The male was taken into custody and has been released under investigation.
Please be aware that this person has been arrested after one or more of our investigators were contacted by them. They thought they were contacting a child under the age of 16. We do not entrap anyone and its the persons choice to meet the person they think is a child. Some cases we are unable to name them straight away due to the CPS requirements. They have been arrested on suspicion, and its down to the CPS to either NFA them or charge them for them to appear in court. If they are charged and the case goes to court, we will publish the entire chat logs, pictures and names of the people involved. If the Police feel they are unlikely to bring conviction against them, it doesn’t mean they are not guilty, and we will then publish the chat logs for the public to see.