March 2021

‘Dangerous predator’ from Bedford jailed after attempting to meet 12-year-old for sex

A ‘dangerous predator’ from Bedford has been jailed for two-and-a-half-years after officers found he was attempting to meet and have sex with someone he believed was a 12-year-old girl.

Andrew Jeffrey, 38, of Chillingham Green, Bedford, was arrested on 30 January 2019 after sending a number of sexually explicit messages and attempting to meet someone he believed was a young girl.

Jeffrey struck up a conversation on an instant messaging app and after only a couple of hours of conversation, began sending sexually explicit messages and images and tried to persuade the girl to come to his house.

Investigators became increasingly concerned after Jeffrey described how he could get her “high” on drinks and drugs and two days later, police executed a warrant at his home address, seized a number of electronic devices and arrested him.

Jeffrey pleaded guilty to three counts of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and one count of attempting sexual communication with a child.

He received a 30-month sentence at court on Friday 12 March.