One of Britain’s more prolific paedophile hunters been warned by police to stop — despite bringing more than TWENTY sex offenders to justice.
Activist Scott Rivers, 29, has been posing as a youngster on chat sites for years in a bid to expose sexual predators – and this week submitted his latest dossier to police.
He claims to have unmasked several paedophiles, some finding themselves in court.
On Monday, he dressed up as Batman to hand in evidence of his latest find – an offender he calls “Mr Shy” – to a police station in Exeter, Devon.
The following day, officers from Devon and Cornwall police visited his home in Ivybridge, Devon, and delivered an official “cease and desist” letter.
His warning comes after police told parents to be aware of a fake profile being used to target children in Devon.
The force said it was aware of Mr Rivers, who lives in Ivybridge, and his efforts to proactively try to entrap people by posing as a girl under the age of 16.
A spokesman said: “Whilst his aims seem laudable, we are asking him to stop undertaking these entrapment activities for a number of reasons.
“Firstly, this type of vigilante work could disrupt on-going police or other law enforcement operations on known websites, groups or individuals.
“It also places the man in question at risk of allegations of criminality in his own activities, for example incitement.
“He is also potentially wasting police time as the Crown Prosecution Service current stance is to question any attempt to prosecute where evidence is gathered by private entrapment or an unregulated ‘agent provocateur’, and not through regulated police operations.
“Finally and most importantly, it could divert genuine victims away from reporting offenders to the police or other authorities.
“If you have any concerns about the online habits of any adult, or fear that your child could be at risk, then please contact the police.”
Despite the warning, Mr Rivers said he intends to continue his crime-fighting activities and does not consider himself a vigilante.
He said: “I have taken legal advice and have not broken any laws and won’t be ceasing or desisting.
“I am simply given the police information – intel – it is their choice if they act on it or not.
“People like Dark Justice have had a lot of success using fake profiles – many have been charged.
“I don’t see myself as a vigilante – I am not attacking anyone, just passing on information to help people with their enquiries.”