Man arrested at care home following ‘vigilante’ group action


A County Tyrone care home resident has been arrested on suspicion of attempted sexual communication with a child following a tip-off from a ‘vigilante-type’ group.

The BBC reported that the man was removed by police from the home, which cannot be named, and was bailed and moved to a similar facility.

A Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) spokesperson said:  “In early December 2018, RQIA was appropriately notified of an incident involving a vigilante-type group at a care home in Northern Ireland, which is subject to a PSNI investigation.

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“The safety and wellbeing of all those living at this care home is of paramount importance to RQIA, and we continue to monitor this service through our ongoing inspection and regulatory activities.”

The group of people is reported to have arrived at the home and passed on a file, which they claimed information about inappropriate online activity.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed that the man was detained on suspicion of attempted sexual communication with a child.

While not able to report the name of the care home, the BBC said the man was under the care of  the Southern Health Trust and had a care plan in place which allegedly stated that he should have no Internet access.


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