April 2019

Paedo-hunters film ambush on man trying to meet 14-year-old girl for ‘naughties’

This is the moment a man who tried to meet a 14-year-old girl in a supermarket car park for sex was confronted by paedophile hunters instead.

George Raymond, 47, who is now serving a suspended prison sentence, was lured by the Guardians of the North group, who posed as a teenager online under an online profile named ‘Lou 18’.

After driving for 20 minutes to meet the ‘girl’ in an Asda car park for ‘naughties’, Raymond was confronted by the group who said: ‘This is the worst mistake of your life.’

One member said: ‘We’re all prepared for people like you, we do this on a daily basis. ‘We’ve caught over 180 odd people now. Google us once you’re allowed back on the internet.’

Raymond tried to play dumb, telling the hunters he just wanted to see if ‘anybody would actually turn up.’ Then he added: ‘

Have you never tried internet dating before? Nobody ever turns up.’ But the group detained Raymond at the scene in Pennywell, Sunderland, until police arrived and arrested him.

When interviewed he claimed he believed ‘Lou18’ must have been older, due to the site’s age restriction, but later admitted he had been told she was only 14.

He claimed he would not have gone through with the plan to have sex as ‘it looked bad’.

Raymond, of Murton, County Durham, admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and was given a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for a year.

Judge Jonathan Carroll said he was prepared to give Raymond ‘one chance and one chance only,’ as he was of previous good character.

Raymond was also given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order, has to carry out rehabilitation work and is on the sex offenders register.