Read more: Man snared by paedophile hunter when he thought he was 'sexting' girl, 15 “You just have to give them one word answers saying ‘I’m fine’ and tell them you’ve had a bad day at school.“You’ll get responses like ‘You can talk to me.’ It depends on how far they want to go.
“You feed them what they want to hear to the point where we could be accused of entrapment.
“But you’re not going to catch these guys unless you put yourself out there to catch them.” Harper was jailed after he admitted attempting to meet a 14-year-old girl following sexual grooming and also to two charges of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence.
“People tell us about these people and ask us to help,” Blaze said.
“We see what they are like and what they are interested in, whether they like underage groups and the like.
“There are rings on Facebook that they all stick together.
Read more: Locked up - the murderers, paedophiles, two former police officers and drugs gangs sent to prison in Wales in November “You add a girl into a group and within 10 or 15 minutes they will all have added the girl as a friend.” Harper was just one of many who AUPH are chasing. I don’t know how anyone cannot stand up and fight them.” Blaze said he did not “like the idea” of being called a vigilante because “we are not – we are helping the police”.
Their website – which shows a headless man toting a machine gun by the group’s name – shows 20 men they claim to have exposed. He added: “We want to make the world a better place. When my missus is at work I can be on my phone talking to these guys.” Blaze, a dad himself, insisted his first concern was children at risk.
“I must be talking to about 100 men on Facebook from all over the world,” Blaze said, adding that “a couple” were from Wales. “There is a group of us from all over the world who hunt paedophiles and take them down on Facebook. “Abused children have to live with what has happened to them for the rest of their lives,” he said.
The vigilante paedophile hunters who caught a would-be child sex offender have told how they snared him by “giving him a spade and watching him dig”.
Michael Harper, 34, thought he'd arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl at a train station – but was confronted by mask-wearing vigilantes who handed him over to the police.
Read more: Watch paedophile being caught out by masked vigilantes after arranging to meet teen girl Harper, who had been living at a hostel in Bangor, was this week jailed for two years after members of Anon United Paedo Hunters (AUPH) – who claim to be affiliated to hackers Anonymous – gave officers a computer disc revealing graphic online conversations he’d had with two fictional teenage girls called Lisa and Chloe, Caernarfon Crown Court was told.