November 2018

Pervert caught by paedophile hunting team

A Richmond man has appeared in court after being snared by paedophile hunters.

Alan Leslie White, 56, appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday for sentence.

The court heard that ex-postman White had contact over the internet with someone he thought was a child.

However, it was actually an adult member of a so-called paedophile hunter group posing as a child.

A number of indecent images of children were also found on his phone.

The defendant was initially arrested on March 9 after he was confronted by members of the paedophile hunter group.

The group, called Keeping Kids Safe, knocked on the man’s door and had a conversation with him through an open window.

Police then arrived and arrested the man.

White, of Reeth Road, Richmond, was given a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years for a number of sex offences, including sexual communication with a child and possessing indecent images of a child.

He was also told he must register as a sex offender for ten years.

A sexual harm prevention order was imposed for ten years.

He was also ordered to pay £140 victim surcharge.