November 2017

Group ‘appalled’ at lenient sentence of Burton man

A national vigilante group is “appalled” that a Burton paedophile who preyed online on underage girls for sex escaped with a suspended sentence – as Staffordshire Police confirmed it would not release his mugshot.

Keeping Kids Safe arranged to meet up with George Ingledew who thought he had been sharing messages with an underage girl – but turned out to be decoys set up by the group in an attempt to snare him.

Despite Ingledew being released back into the public, Staffordshire Police will not release his mugshot claiming it is their policy that photographs of criminals are only released if they are given a minimum two-year jail sentence.

The 59-year-old, of Princess Street, previously admitted a charge of attempting to cause a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity in April this year.

He had also pleaded guilty to three offences of attempting to engage in sexual communications with underage girls on the internet on dates in April and July, also this year.

At Stafford Crown Court he was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to attend a rehabilitation activity. He will also appear on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Ingledew was caught after his supposed meeting with the girl was broadcast live onto the Keeping Kids Safe Facebook page and seen by thousands of people.

The group has already secured the sentencing of 45-year-old Martin Rhodes, of Wyggeston Street, Burton, who admitted causing a child to watch a sexual act, grooming, attempting to cause or incite a female under 13 to engage in a sexual act and possession of cannabis. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

However, another paedophile caught by the group, 44-year-old Kevin Collins, of Empire Road, Winshill, who admitted three counts of sexual communication with underage girls, was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years.