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Police move to reassure community after train station grooming arrest

OFFICERS in Pembroke Dock arrested a 43-year old man on suspicion of child grooming in a dramatic arrest captured on Facebook Live yesterday.

Child protection group Silent Justice had used what they called a ‘decoy victim’ to speak to the male via social media. But, when the man came to Pembroke Dock railway station to meet what Silent Justice claimed was his 13-year old victim, the Silent Justice team were waiting to confront the alleged offender.

The alleged offender seemed surprised and confused and said that he was there to meet his girlfriend who was 29, but then he admitted in front of thousands of viewers on Facebook, he knew that the female was of school age.

Capturing the confrontation of the man on Facebook Live, it was only a matter of minutes before two police cars arrived and the male was taken away in hand cuffs in the back of a police car.

The live video feed was shared thousands of times and has been viewed by over 50,000 people.

In a statement released to The Pembrokeshire Herald, a spokesman for the police said: “Dyfed Powys Police can confirm that a 43-year-old man has been arrested in Pembrokeshire on suspicion of grooming related offences and is currently in police custody. No charges have been brought at the current time, though officers are investigating the incident fully.

Chief Inspector Steve Davies said: “We recognise the strength of feeling which exists but would like to reassure the public that as your local police we are working hard in carrying out our duty to ensure all members of the community are safe.

“We are fully investigating the matter but ask that people do not take matters into their own hands or get involved in any unlawful activity which could hamper police enquiries. Where any criminal offences are committed, we will take appropriate action.”