A MAN is in custody today after being arrested in the Hockley area of Tamworth last night, Friday 14 July.
Officers were called to the location following reports of an altercation between the man and several members of the public.
It is now understood that a group called ‘Silent Justice’ were involved in the incident.
The group describe themselves as ‘a dedicated team of sexual predator hunters trying to keep the young and vulnerable children of today safe.’
The 49-year-man was arrested on suspicion of attempt sexual grooming of a child and taken into custody for questioning. No child was present.
During the disturbance a member of the public sustained slight injuries.
Staffordshire Police say that a detailed investigation into the incident is now underway and anyone with information is asked to contact them on 101, quoting incident 889 of July 14.
A Staffordshire Police spokesperson has said: “We remind the public of the importance of not taking matters into their own hands or do anything that could hinder or jeopardise this investigation following the man’s arrest. Show restraint when commenting on certain individuals or circumstances.
“This case is owned by specially trained investigators and speculation is not only highly dangerous but can be damaging to the investigation process.
“Acts of retaliation will not be tolerated and we will take swift and appropriate action to deal with any offenders accordingly.”
We remind readers not to name the person involved in this investigation at this time.