This afternoon (17th May) a 77 year-old male was arrested in the car park of B&Q in Harlow, Essex after grooming a child online. He agreed to meet who he thought was a young child to take back to his home to have sex.
The male arrested had links the the person arrested in the same car-park this morning.
The male has been bailed till 27th June, which has now been extended whilst the investigation continues.
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.