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Lee John Harvey and Joe Simpkin charged after The Hunted One sting at Bluewater descends into violence

Two men have been charged with affray after an undercover sting on a suspected paedophile at Kent's biggest shopping centre descended into violence.

Lee John Harvey, 20, of The Drive in Gravesend, and Joe Simpkin, 20, of Wheatstone Road in Erith, were both charged today following the incident at Bluewater on Sunday afternoon and have been bailed to attend Medway Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, May 10. 

The confrontation between vigilante group The Hunted One and the alleged sexual predator was live streamed on Facebook, prompting police to issue a warning against people taking the law into their own hands.

Bluewater stock image. Picture: Nick Johnson
Bluewater stock image. Picture: Nick Johnson

Mirza Mispa Beg, 29, was charged with grooming following Sunday's incident and will appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday, May 16.

Anyone with information or concerns about online grooming should contact police on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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