Pedophile Hunters Trap World’s Oldest Seχual Predator Trying to Meet 11-Year-Old Girl for Seχ

A team of pedophile hunters, who pose as schoolgirls on the Internet to trap vile sexual predators looking for underage sex, has sent a 92-year-old Wales resident to prison for sending explicit texts and photographs of his genitals to an 11-year-old girl, and for trying to meet up with her for sex.

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The Hunted One, a team of pedophile hunters, who pose as schoolgirls on the Internet to trap vile seχual predators looking for underage seχ, has sent 92-year-old Wales resident Ivor Gifford to prison for sending explicit texts and photographs of his genitals to an 11-year-old girl (actually, The Hunted One), and for trying to meet up with her for seχ, after grooming her online.

How a window cleaner, bus driver, funeral director and car dealer tracked down 350 perverts in two years

New details of how Britain’s most feared paedophile hunters tracked down 350 suspected perverts in two years can be revealed today after MailOnline was allowed inside two prolific vigilante groups.

Two members of Guardians Of The North, left and centre, and Scott from Dark Justice, right

We were granted access to Sunderland-based Guardians Of The North and Dark Justice, who between them have caught multiple high-profile suspects around the country including soldiers, teachers and a mayor.

It comes as a high-profile Home Office official Gary Hodgkiss, 48, was charged with seχ offences after he was filmed by the vigilante group Dark Light on Wednesday when trying to meet a 12-year-old girl for seχ.

Sitting at his computer in a nondescript office in Newcastle is Joe Jones, 48, a car dealer from Newcastle and the brains behind the secretive operation.

Mr Jones founded Guardians Of The North just two years ago. Together with Dark Justice, a two-man team based nearby, they now carry out several stings a week.

The seven-person group includes a window cleaner, a bus driver, a funeral directors and the unemployed – all of whom are seeking revenge after experiencing abuse first-hand.

An example of a live chatlog that one of the paedophile hunters was using to snare a predator

In an exclusive interview Mr Jones revealed his methods, his motivation, and how he can’t sleep at night after being exposed to constant images of child abuse.

The prolific paedophile hunter said he started the gang when his own son was approached by a seχual predator online. ‘He was 12 and a man on Facebook started pestering him for seχ,’ he said.

“I’ve never been so scared for kids before in my life” – Joe Jones, founder of Guardians Of The North 

‘I thought I’d be sly so I pretended to be my son and found out that this guy was from Turkey. That meant I couldn’t do anything about it. But it all started from there.’

Two years on, the constant exposure to abusive images and messages has left Mr Jones and other team members anxious and unable to sleep.

‘I have been on my phone when suddenly one of the paedophiles sent me an image of child abuse in the belief that I’m a 13-year-old girl,’ Mr Jones said.

‘That’s just one example. It happens every day. It has really affected me and I began to have dreams when I’m scrolling through all these obscene messages.

‘People are putting thoughts into your head of what they want to do to a child. It’s not good to read or listen to. Everything is felt within the heart.

‘But in the end it just makes us more determined to carry on.’

His first sting came not long after starting the group in 2016. The target turned out to be Lee Cook, the mayor of Peterlee near Durham, who thought he was meeting a 15-year-old boy.

Most members of the groups prefer to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals

Last October the disgraced mayor was jailed for 12 months. ‘Since then we have worked on our tactics and now we are completely professional,’ Mr Jones said.

The hunters set up a fake Facebook profile, or ‘decoy’, using childhood pictures donated by adult supporters.

They add realism by liking pages like Disney on Ice and Justin Bieber and becoming friends with other decoy accounts.

They never initiate contact or start a seχual conversation. Often, a predator will send them a picture of his genitalia and ask to meet for seχ. If he turns up he is caught by members of the group.

On the day of the sting, the team splits into two vehicles and keeps in touch by walkie talkie.

‘We’ll have one car blocking him in so he can’t escape and another pulls up and confronts him,’ Mr Jones said.

‘Often other hunters are sitting in nearby cafes or pubs as backup and watching out of the window. They take down his registration in case he gets away so that we can pass it on to the police.

‘Everything we do is recorded on video for their sake as well as ours. That way we can prove we’ve done everything according to the law.

‘As soon as we’re sure we’ve got the right man, we call the police.’

Since that initial success the group has snared hundreds of men, including Douglas Spurgeon, 67, a former Coldstream Guard who tried to groom what he thought was an 11-year-old girl.

It also caught a female seχual predator, Laura Harding, 31, from Newport, who received a suspended jail term after sending explicit pictures to what she believed were two 13-year-old girls.

Sometimes the suspects have past seχ convictions. ‘I caught the same lad in Birmingham three times,’ Mr Jones said.

Members of Guardians Of The North and Dark Justice hold a meeting at their Newcastle office

On one occasion, he added, a man was caught within 40mins of their first contact. ‘It’s an epidemic,’ he said. ‘People have no idea what’s going on. I’ve never been so scared for kids before in my life.’

The group has one financial sponsor – a local garage – and a supporter has provided their office space for free. It also raises money via a Gofundme page but this has produced just £1,000 in two years, a fraction of their overall spending.

The rest comes from their own pockets. ‘We’re not in this for the money or the glory,’ Mr Jones said. ‘We’re in it to stop children getting abused.’

Videos of the stings have turned the two groups into internet sensations with tens of thousands of people supporting them on Facebook.

More importantly, the hunters say, they have helped secure scores of convictions with many more going through the courts.

It comes as the NSPCC warned that the number of websites on the dark net devoted to child abuse imagery, including rape and torture, has soared by 37 per cent in a year to a record high.

And the Internet Watch Foundation said that all social media platforms with live video tools are being used by paedophiles to ‘groom, coerce and blackmail’ children as young as three.

Paedophile hunting gangs have helped convict 150 seχ offenders, a sevenfold rise in two years. Yet some police forces have begged them to stop.

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