Man, 49, charged after 'anti-paedophile' sting operation on Blackpool's North Pier

Man, 49, charged after 'anti-paedophile' sting operation on Blackpool's North Pier
Man, 49, charged after 'anti-paedophile' sting operation on Blackpool's North Pier

A man has been charged following a sting operation by an anti-paedophile group in Blackpool.

Mark Presley, 49, of Edmonton Place, Bispham, was arrested on North Pier on Saturday afternoon after police were contacted by the online group.

They claimed the man, who members of the group confronted, thought he was meeting a teenage girl.

Officers turned up at the scene and arrested the man following the tip off from the group.

He was held in custody and later charged with two offences.

A police spokesman said: “The man has been charged with attempting to cause or incite a girl 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and attempting to meet a girl under 16 years of age following grooming. He has been remanded in custody.”

He is due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates Court this morning.