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Vigilante victim admits in court: I did groom girl (14)

By Pat Hurst

A man attacked and filmed by alleged vigilante paedophile hunters has admitted in court that he groomed an under-age girl.

Andrew O'Neill (25) was beaten up in public after believing he was going to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex. He had made contact on a dating website with a "girl" called Alex, Wigan Magistrates' Court heard.

After booking a hotel room and turning up to meet the girl in Wigan on Saturday afternoon, he was confronted by a number of men and attacked.

Concerned shoppers witnessed the assault in Market Place in the town centre as O'Neill was head-butted and lost two front teeth. Other members of the group filmed the incident.

He escaped the attack and went to the police to report the assault.

The video was then posted on Facebook with the tag "NWI Nonce Busters" - believed to be a reference to right-wing group the North West Infidels. The video has since been taken down.

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