Belfast Telegraph

Watch: PSNI reviewing footage after ugly scenes in Belfast as BBC NI man tries to interview paedophile hunters

By Cate McCurry

Members of a self-styled paedophile hunter group angrily confronted a BBC Northern Ireland reporter as he attempted to interview them last night.

Kevin Magee, an investigative journalist, and two others who are understood to be BBC NI staff in Belfast were confronted by several people.

It appeared the BBC NI Spotlight reporter had arranged to meet one of the so-called paedophile hunters for an interview about the group.

There is no suggestion that Mr Magee had done anything wrong.

The encounter was broadcast live on Facebook and showed a number of people aggressively confronting the BBC staff.

One man can be heard saying: “You think I am here to grass up on other paedophile hunters. Yes, you do. That was our conversation on the phone.”

The exchange appears to have taken place in Bradbury Place.

The online vigilantes are then seen following Mr Magee out of the coffee shop and along the street while shouting expletives.

Members of the group pose online as children in a bid to snare online child abusers, before carrying out citizen’s arrests and posting the footage online.

A spokesman for the BBC said: “We can confirm that a BBC NI reporter was caught up in an incident in Belfast City Centre. We are unable to provide further comment at this time.”

A PSNI spokesman said: "Police are aware of the footage from last night’s incident. It will now be reviewed to establish whether any offences have been committed."

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