October 2018

Paedo hunters catch man bringing Dairy Milk for ’13-year-old girl’

Dated: 18/10/2018 Daniel John Eldridge, from Durham, who has received a suspended prison sentence at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court after he was snared by paedophile hunters Geordie Chasers when he turned up to an illicit meeting with a 13-year-old girl armed with a bar of chocolate and bottle of coke. Pictured at the time he was confronted. See story and video by North News

Paedophile hunters snared a man who turned up to meet a ’13-year-old girl’ armed with chocolates and fizzy pop.

Daniel John Eldridge, 21, spent four months chatting to who he believed was a young girl on WhatsApp.

But when he arrived, holding a Dairy Milk and a Coke, to meet the girl, he was confronted by undercover group Geordie Chasers.

The man travelled around 20 miles from his home in Meadowfield, County Durham, to Newcastle for the encounter.

Footage taken by the undercover group was passed on to the authorities. Eldridge pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and arranging or facilitating the commission of a child under the sexual offences act 2003.

He was handed a 36-week jail sentence, suspended for 24 months, and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for seven years, which bans him from contacting children online.

The Geordie Chasers said the sentence was ‘far too lenient’.

During the 16-minute video, Eldridge struggles to speak as the group tell him he would have scarred the child for life. At one point Eldridge can be heard saying: ‘I’ve lost everything.’

He also said that his decision to meet the supposed 13-year-old was ‘daft’, to which one of the team replied: ‘I think you’re a little bit more than daft.’ The man holding the camera asks if Eldridge knew the age of consent, to which he replied ’18’.

But screenshots of the conversation show he knew the girl he thought he was contacting was only 13.

Dated: 18/10/2018 Daniel John Eldridge, from Durham, who has received a suspended prison sentence at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court after he was snared by paedophile hunters Geordie Chasers when he turned up to an illicit meeting with a 13-year-old girl armed with a bar of chocolate and bottle of coke. See story and video by North News