Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reporter Traps Paedophiles through Train Graffiti

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reporter Traps Paedophiles through Train Graffiti

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

A PAEDOPHILE ring trapped by a mobile phone number scrawled on a train lavatory door were all jailed for life today.

The number was noted down by a local newspaper reporter who contacted the men pretending to be a schoolgirl. Her action ended today with four men being jailed at Hove Crown court.

Ringleader Trevor Haddock, 55, was given six life sentences with a minimum of 12 years. Ian Jones, 43, was jailed for life with a minimum of 10 years, Derek Moody, 43, was given life with a minimum of four years and John Farmer, 68, was jailed for eight years.

In a 10-month investigation police found that eight victims had been abused by the men described today by Judge Anthony Niblett as "morally abhorrent, wicked and harmful to those they abused".

The court heard that reporter Ruth Lumley, 26, saw the graffiti urging girls between eight and 13 to text a mobile phone number while she was travelling home to Brighton. …

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