James O'Brien 10am - 1pm
Maajid Nawaz Takes On Vigilante Paedophile Hunter Over Accountability
2 April 2018, 13:47
Child sexual grooming cases that used vigilante evidence increased to 44% in 2016.
Figures show an increase from 11.3% from 2014, as the number of groups targeting online child abusers rose to more than 75%.
Guidance for detectives has instructed them to investigate potential offences by paedophile hunters as well as the suspected abusers.
One paedophile hunter, who did not want to be called a vigilante, told Maajid Nawaz she does it to "protect the children" because the police aren't.
But Maajid questioned her accountability.
"Are you perfect?" he asked.
"No, no-one's perfect" said Lulu from Southend.
"What happens to you if you make a mistake?"
"If I make a mistake I'll own up to it and deal with it."
Maajid asked Lulu if vigilante groups should be set up to hold vigilante paedophile hunters to account but Lulu said: "you don't know what you're talking about!"
"I don't Lulu, which is why I'm not running around trying to hunt paedophiles'.
"I'm leaving it to the police.
"I know I don't know what I'm doing and I suggest nor do you.
"Which is why I'm worried about people like you running around with god complexes."
Watch how the row unfolded in the video at the top of this page.