Convicted sex offender back behind bars after sting

A convicted sex offender was caught by paedophile hunters when he turned up to meet a 14-year-old child he had been grooming online.

But to his surprise he’d been duped by Guardians of the North, an organisation which sets up fake social media profiles to snare adults looking for underage sex.

Judge Sarah Mallett sentenced him to two years and nine months behind bars with lifelong sex offender registration and sexual harm prevention order.

The judge told him: ‘A significant aggravating feature in relation to each of the offences is your previous convictions.