February 2019

Father-of-five, 33, who was snared by paedophile hunters

A father-of-five who lost his wife and children after paedophile hunters caught him trying to meet a 14-year old girl for sex at a railway station has been jailed.

Nigel Ryan, 33, was arrested after a group calling itself the North West Predator Hunters created a fake online profile masquerading as a truanting teenager.

During an exchange of messages over a three-day period, Ryan falsely claimed he was 29 and then sent the vigilantes a explicit image with the caption ‘nice a***’.

Ryan, from Stalybridge, Greater Manchester also said: ‘I will FK you,’ asked for school uniform pictures then sent images of his genitals, adding: ‘I can get done for this’.

He then arranged a meeting at the town’s train station, and attempted to convince the ‘victim’ to meet him by himself pretending to be 13-year old girl.

In one message, he said: ‘You can have cigarettes and beer. The sex will good too.’

He was subsequently confronted by the group on the concourse and they live streamed him being detained in a video which attracted 187,000 views on Facebook.

Officers searched Ryan and found two Playboy condoms in his pocket plus two mobile phones and two cans of lager in his bag.