April 2017

Pervert caught carrying condoms and lingerie for meeting with 14-year-old girl

A pervert from Cardiff has been jailed for grooming a 14-year-old girl on social media.

Mark Fletcher, 32, from Roath, was arrested in Birmingham as he got off a coach on his way to an arranged meeting with the girl.

They found condoms, women’s lingerie and girls’ clothing in his possession.

Police had been alerted by a concerned parent who suspected that her teenage daughter had been speaking to an unknown man using Twitter.

Officers posed online as the 14-year-old girl for three weeks as part of “Operation Grey Elm” before a meet-up was arranged in Birmingham.

They were waiting for him as he disembarked a coach and took him into custody.

Other evidence which pointed to Mark Fletcher having a concerning interest in children was discovered at his home following a police search.

He was jailed for 42 months at Cardiff Crown Court , after pleading guilty to offences of grooming and inciting a child to commit a sexual act.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life and upon release his use of the internet will be restricted under a risk of sexual harm order.