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Man Arrested After Weymouth Pupils Targeted Online


12:41pm 20th November 2014
(Updated 7:06am 21st November 2014)

Weymouth CID have helped arrest a 26-year-old man from London this morning - on suspicion of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

It's in connection with an investigation back in September, involving students from Budmouth College and Wey Valley School.

Pupils reported they were receiving inappropriate communication on social media.

Detective Inspector Neil Devoto, of Weymouth CID, said: "These incidents had a negative impact over the past few months, directly or indirectly, on the lives of a significant number of young people and parts of the community in Weymouth.

"We take this type of crime very seriously. Through working closely with the young victims, who provided excellent information, we were able to identify a suspect living in London.

"This morning officers from Weymouth CID assisted in a joint operation with the Metropolitan Police which resulted in an arrest of a 26-year-old London man on suspicion of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and the seizure of significant evidence.

"The heads of both schools have been made aware of the arrest."

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