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Now it's estimated that this figure will be well over 50 per cent. Official figures are due to be released later this year.
A Freedom of Information disclosure revealed that in 2014 11% of court cases seeking to prosecute those accused of meeting a child after sexual grooming used evidence supplied by vigilante groups. By 2015, this figure rose to 30 percent, and by 2016 it became 44 per cent.
Founder of Guardians of the North Joe Jones told me: "I have never met a police officer who hasn't thanked us for what we do. "I've had cops shake my hand and tell us: 'keep it up'. But clearly it's their bosses, the guys at the top, who see something wrong with it."
I spoke to paedophile-hunting vigilantes about how they feel police chiefs are trying to shut them down, despite the courts now relying on their evidence in more than half of child grooming cases 
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