March 2018

Online groomer sentenced

A former Royal Mail executive who sent sexualised messages to an ‘underage girl’ before arranging to meet her for sex has been sentenced.

Edmund Phipps pleaded guilty to attempting to cause or incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in a sexual activity involving sexual penetration.

The 50-year-old had arranged to meet the ’14-year-old girl’, but was instead caught out by self-styled paedophile hunter Danny Catcher.

During his exchange of texts with Mr Catcher, Phipps told ‘her’ he was “not bothered you are a virgin”.

Despite being told the girl was 14-years-old, he then sent her a topless picture and arranged to meet her, saying he could “have you all to myself”.

Today (Thursday, March 8, 2018) Phipps, of Friary Road in Gloucester, received a six months’ jail term, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation.

Bristol Crown Court heard he arranged to meet the girl in New King Street in Bath on July 12 last year, but was confronted by Mr Catcher instead.

Officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary then arrived and arrested Phipps on suspicion of grooming.

February 2018

Ex-Royal Mail senior executive admits trying to meet underage girl for sexual activity in Bath

A former senior Royal Mail executive has admitted trying to meet an underage girl in Bath for sexual activity following a sting by a self-styled ‘paedophile hunter’ .

Edmund Phipps, 50, pleaded guilty to attempting to cause or incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity involving sexual penetration at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday (February 7).

He was caught out when he arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl in New King Street in Bath on July 12 last year, but he was instead confronted by paedophile hunter Danny Catcher.

Officers from Avon and Somerset police then arrived at around 8.40pm and arrested Phipps, of Friary Road in Gloucester, on suspicion of grooming.

Phipps, who was understood to be an operations director for Royal Mail, is due to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on March 7.

“I’m pleased to hear that Phipps has pleaded guilty to the offence,” said the man who goes under the pseudonym Danny Catcher.

“He went to Bath in the summer of 2017 with the intention of meeting a child for sex.

“When I confronted him, he refused to admit what he had done. I immediately made a citizen’s arrest without using any force and he sat in the back of his car until police arrived.

“If he can meet a decoy child for sexual activity, he could meet a real child.”

Mr Catcher added: “I sincerely hope that this is a wake-up call and that he never goes online to groom or meet a child in the future.”