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A soldier from Wiltshire's trapped by an amateur detective posing

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How these students managed to dupe the world's press.

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And in stark contrast to today, many districts will stay to ride

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tomorrow. Details at the end of the programme.

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A soldier from Wiltshire has admitted attempting to meet

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a child after being trapped by a vigilante detective.

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Samuel Dallow thought he had been chatting

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to a 14-year-old girl online, but it was all a set up.

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It's the latest case to use evidence gathered by groups calling

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But as Lee Madan reports, their work has been heavily

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Private Sam Dallow says he was waiting for a friend,

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but really he was waiting for what he thought

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was a 14-year-old girl he'd been chatting to online.

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That girl was actually Shane Brannigan, a vigilante

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He poses as underage girls on the internet then tricks

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paedophiles into meeting him before handing them over to the police.

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This meeting at a train station was all streamed live on Facebook

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and uploaded elsewhere on the internet.

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It was from inside his room here at Tidworth Barracks that

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Samuel Dallow sent the explicit messages online to Shane Brannigan,

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As part of his work as a vigilante detective, Shane Brannigan printed

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those messages off and handed them over to police alongside the video

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It's that evidence that's today led Dallow to admit the offence

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of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

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Dallow will be back in court on June 8th for sentencing.

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The judge told him that maximum credit will be shown

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for admitting the offence, but to expect a custodial sentence.

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This is the latest case to use evidence gathered

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There's now at least 15 of these groups in Britain.

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The vigilantes say they're helping out police forces,

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whose budgets they say are at breaking point,

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by doing the detective work detectives are unable

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They've got no money, resources, no funding.

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There isn't enough people in the teams to do this sort of stuff.

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Leave it to people like me who care about the investigation.

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But the police are critical of these amateur detectives.

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They say they can jeopardise ongoing investigations,

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giving paedophiles a chance to destroy evidence.

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And their actions can have other consequences.

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This sting by paedophile hunters in Essex caused this mass brawl

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outside a shopping centre on Easter Sunday, when

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I believe they are vigilantes, they are taking the law

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into their own hands and they are taking, in my view,

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risks that are simply not acceptable and the risks that they are posing

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to children are simply inappropriate.

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As tonight Samuel Dallow contemplates his future,

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the debate about paedophile hunters and their work continues.

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Earlier, I asked the legal expert Joshua Rozenberg if this case

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encouraged other people to take the law into their own hands.

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I don't think we want to encourage people to take the law

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into their own hands, but obviously people will look

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at this and see this was evidence gathered by a private individual,

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doing what he thought was in the public interest,

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but nevertheless not a police officer, a detective or anybody

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else, not even a public body, but an individual.

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And if this has led to a conviction, well I suppose it will encourage

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Whether we think that's a good thing or not,

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given the difficulties that the police have with resources

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But obviously, it does have consequences, particularly

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As I say, it might well be that Private Dalow could have challenged

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the evidence at chosen to do so. When does this become entrapment?

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If the crime would have been committed anyway,

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the courts generally say that's fine.

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If they're actually trying to entrap somebody into committing an offence

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that they wouldn't have committed in the first place, then

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the courts say it's not fair. From a legal point of

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I think it is worrying because we rely on the police.

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The police are subject to all sorts of restrictions.

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There are limits to what they can do.

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If they arrest somebody, they have to read them their rights and so on.

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If you have a member of the public simply acting as a policeman

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and trying to capture people who this individual thinks have

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committed criminal offences, there are no protections,

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and we don't know where it's going to end.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been criticised for discussing

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alcohol during a visit to a Sikh temple in Bristol.

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He mentioned the whisky trade in India during a visit

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One member of the congregation said it was outrageous.

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Mr Johnson said he was making an important point about

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A new housing development in Bristol has been pulled

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from the market because it hasn't got planning permission.

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Four-bedroom homes have been built on the site in Bridgwater Road.

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The developer, Highridge Homes, only had permission

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Some local residents have now asked for action to be taken.

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I got in touch with enforcement, and we were told it would be action

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within ten days. It transpired that no action was taken.

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Bristol City Council says the development is unauthorised.

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A bid for retrospective planning permission has been submitted

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and will be considered in the summer.

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It's a video of a Gloucestershire student getting a first

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after finishing his assignment in a nightclub.

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The footage made news around the world.

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But it turns out the film and the story were entirely fake.

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University students created it as part of a project.

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Here's our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs.

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It started as a project to create a comedy video to see how far it

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could spread online, and it soon went viral.

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Not long after, the Press Association, a well-respected,

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trusted source, contacted the students, who decided to then

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PA then published a story, which was picked up by several news

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organisations online, including the BBC local

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A university student filmed working on an essay in a nightclub has

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revealed he got a first for the assignment.

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It shows a lack of diligence in regards of the press,

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and just kind of makes you question what is real and fake

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I think people should be a bit wiser when they open the newspapers.

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I'm a little bit shocked in terms of, they haven't

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Like, they've literally taken everything on face value.

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They were just a group of students going to make a video viral.

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We never thought how easy it would be to do it.

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I call the fake news the enemy of the people.

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Of course, fake news isn't new, as we know, and this

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But the Press Association said they spoke to the students

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and acted in good faith, saying "We are confident

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that our hecking procedure is as rigorous as any in the media

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business, but if two people separately maintain at length that

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something is correct when it isn't, it highlights what a

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Were the students right to mislead the press in that way?

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We don't condone any student or any members of staff,

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or anybody at this university, deliberately misleading the press.

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What the Press Association didn't do was to contact our press office

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at the University of Gloucestershire and talk to us about the story.

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Had they done that, we very clearly would have explained the situation.

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This is a second time the film production course

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has fooled the press, and in this era of the internet,

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it seems that not believing everything you read or see may

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I'm telling you the truth, it is all staged.

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The heavy rain didn't stop people turning out to watch Antiques road

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It's been 20 years since the programme was last

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This time around 3000 people came out to show

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One man had been to see the show 200 times.

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Another had even come from New Zealand to get his vase valued.

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We watch the programme quite a lot. We enjoy it. I thought, I'd like to

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come. This morning we've had a deactivated by from 19 30. It is now

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used as a doorstop. It will not go bang, I can promise you that.

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If you missed today's filming, the programme will be

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There's more news from around the region on the BBC News website,

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and of course on your local BBC Radio Stations where you are.

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We're back with you in Breakfast tomorrow from 6.30am.

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But for now I'll say goodnight and leave with Ian,

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To date we have made some further inroads into the deficit of rain

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fell but has been building up over many weeks. The forecast for

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tomorrow is that tomorrow we will struggle to see much rain at all in

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a good number of districts. The Bobby shallows around, particularly

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in the afternoon. One of two of those will be moderate, but many

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heirs will stay completely dry, and a good deal brighter as well. It one

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day compared to the one we have just had. For the course of tonight, the

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skies will continue to generally clear. It will be a killer night

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compared to the last two, perhaps as low as about five Celsius in the

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countryside. Tomorrow, the legacy of those clear skies will be a good

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deal of sunshine. It is looking like dry conditions well prevail. And to

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the afternoon, we will see jabber is building up. Preferentially perhaps

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a crosspatch of Somerset and some of those stretching out across the

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north-east and in to watch. There might be one to elsewhere, but I

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think between those are good number of people remaining drives through

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the day. With light winds, edible feel pleasantly warm, temperatures

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getting up to 16 showers. But it will be a bit

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warmer. Before today, many gardeners were

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crying out for rain. Some of the those garden may now be water

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logged. And Lincolnshire was one of wettest places with 40 millimetres.

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That is nearly a month's worth of rain in 24 hours. Some difficult

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travelling conditions. Some parts of north-west England stayed dry. This

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was the main rain-maker. It is pulling away. Tomorrow a day

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sunshine and showers and that freshing feeling air will filter

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into those parts that were muggy today. It

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