Vigilantes ‘set fire to home where paedophile lived’

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A police search has been sparked after vigilantes in Liverpool reportedly torched a house days after a convicted paedophile was removed for his own safety.

The sex offender was involved in a ‘dogging gang’ which groomed and ‘systematically’ sexually abused a 13-year-old girl in North Wales in 2005, it is understood.

He was jailed for three years after admitting two counts of sexual activity with a child and taking indecent photographs of a child in a 2006 court case, according to the Liverpool Echo.

A crowd of people is said to have shouted abuse as the man was taken from the house by a Merseyside Police patrol car on May 15.

The building in Knowsley, Merseyside was then set on fire on May 19 in a suspected case of arson.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and police attended shortly after 2am.

The house is said to have sustained significant damage, although no one was injured in the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Sumner has urged people to not ‘take
the law into their own hands’

He said: ‘This is an unoccupied property so thankfully nobody was injured.

‘However, to deliberately set any location alight is incredibly reckless and risks the lives and homes of anyone living in the vicinity.

‘We are aware of social media comments and rumours locally and I would strongly urge anyone to report any information directly to police, and not try and take the law into their own hands, or share videos or comments that potentially put others at risk.