Man confronted at Bluewater by ‘paedophile hunters’ charged with grooming
PUBLISHED: 14:38 18 April 2017
Mirza Mispa Beg, 29, will appear in magistrates court today
A man has been charged with grooming after a vigilante group of “paedophile hunters” confronted him at Bluewater, believing he was there to meet with a 14-year-old girl.
Mirza Mispa Beg, 29, of no fixed abode, was met by the members of the group called “The Hunted One” at the shopping centre in Greenhithe on Easter Sunday.
A Facebook Live video showed one of the group ask the suspect “You’re here to meet a child for sex, yeah?”
When questioned, the man denied the group’s suggestions and said that the girl, who he had been in contact with on an online chatroom, had told him she was aged “18 plus”.
As the confrontation continues, a man in a red top attacks the suspect and can be seen kicking and punching him as several people try to contain the situation.
Security guards from the shopping centre step in to prevent any further violence before police officers arrive.
Detective chief inspector Emma Banks, of Kent Police, said a 29-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of grooming and officers were investigating the disturbance.
She said: “Officers from Kent Police arrested a 29-year-old man from East London at Bluewater Shopping Centre on suspicion of grooming at 2.27pm on Sunday 16 April 2017.
“The arrested man is in custody. Police are also investigating a disturbance which took place in connection with this incident.
“I strongly discourage people taking the law into their own hands to avoid them and others including individuals which may have been wrongfully identified, being put in any danger. Any acts of violence reported will always be fully investigated and enquiries into this incident are ongoing.”
A request for comment from The Hunted One was declined.
Beg has been remanded in custody to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on April 18.