Published: 20:40, 19 April 2017
A group of "paedophile hunters" say they have no intention of stopping their activities, despite a warning from police.
The Hunted One has streamed live footage of members pouncing on several suspected sexual predators in recent days.
But one of its undercover stings at Bluewater descended into violence when witnesses tried to attack a man who had allegedly turned up to meet a child.
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Kent Police’s public protection unit later said the force had "significant concerns" about people taking the law into their own hands.
A senior Hunted One member confirmed the group would no longer be streaming live stings online as a result of what happened at Bluewater.
However, the man, who only wanted to be identified as Ben, said it would carry on its activities.
“We have decided as a team we won’t be going live anymore because we don’t want to put ourselves or members of the public in danger and we don’t want we are trying to achieve to be damaged because people can’t hold their temper,” he told kmfm.
“I don’t blame people for reacting like they do, but at the same time we’ve got to do this in the right manner and keep inside the law.”
The group says more than 250 people have been brought to court through stings it has carried out across the UK, including several in Kent.
“I think people have to understand the police’s hands are tied, they are underfunded and they haven’t got the resources to do this,” said Ben, who says the group is on good terms with the police privately and is given advice on its operations.
“At any one time on one app I could be talking to between 10 to 20 potential paedophiles at a time.
“It is terrifying.”