STEPHEN SMITH AGED 40 FROM BIRTLEY – This male had been speaking to what he believed to be a 15 year old male, he had asked for sex and sexual activities before arranging a meet up in the Birtley area.

Members of the team travelled to the meeting place and observed Stephen but chose not to approach him and instead follow him back to his home address, after arriving at his home address members of the team called the local police force who arrived shortly after and arrested Stephen.

At court today he received –

24 month community order
30 days rehabilitation programme
60 days unpaid work
5 year Sex offenders register