Tayside’s top cop has spoken about the rise in the number of so-called vigilante groups targeting alleged online paedophiles.
In recent months, groups such as Creep Catchers UK have taken the law into their own hands and exposed alleged child sex beasts – often filming their swoops on social media.
Asked for his view on the groups, Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd, Tayside’s new police commander, told the Tele: “We need to recognise that as a state we have a duty of care to the victims and do everything we can to protect them.
“But we also have a duty of care to protect offenders and that duty sits with us. People are innocent until proven guilty.
“If you’re entrapping people in a way that doesn’t stand scrutiny in the courts, are you actually adding value to the process? Are you helping people? That’s a question I have to leave open.”
The Tele’s Our Kids Need Justice campaign calls for an automatic jail sentence for those who prey on children.