Man jailed for 18 months after being snared by ‘vigilantes’

A former public school groundsman who thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex at a Travelodge only to be confronted by vigilantes has today been jailed for 18 months.

The disgraced gardener, who also drove school buses,  arrived at the budget hotel with lubricant, condoms and vodka.  Sentencing, Mr Recorder Nigel Daly said: ‘There was conversation between you, you sent pictures to her and in fact you tried to make arrangements to meet up with her.

‘It’s quite clear from the conversations you had that if there had been such a girl, and such a meeting, that you intended to have penetrative sexual intercourse with her”

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