Police chiefs furious at EastEnders for 'encouraging' vigilantes to hunt paedophiles

Bosses at the National Police Chiefs’ Council have responded to the shocking episodes and told fans of the soap not to take the law into their own hands.

The soap has taken a dark turn this month as Mick Carter's mate Stuart Highway was revealed to be an ex-con who spends his time tracking down sex offenders.

He has been trying to recruit Mick, played by Danny Dyer, as his accomplice vigilante.

Police chiefs have now issued a stark warning to viewers not to copy what they see in the soap.

A spokesperson for the NPCC told The Sun Online exclusively: "We understand the desire to protect children…

"But any member of the public who has information about child sexual abuse, online or otherwise, should get in contact with the police so we can investigate and bring people to justice.

"Online child abuse activists are taking risks they don’t understand and can undermine police investigations.

"Most importantly, unlike our officers, they have no way of safeguarding child victims."


A representative for EastEnders has denied the soap is "glamourising" paedo-hunting, telling The Sun Online that Stuart is soon to see the error of his ways.

They said in a statement: "At no point is EastEnders encouraging or glamourising predator hunting, in fact viewers will see the extremely negative consequences of Stuart's actions this week."

In last night's episode, Stuart decided a man who smiled at a child was a paedophile and confronted him on camera before later posting the video and his name and address online.

The former jailbird, played by actor Ricky Champ, declared: "One day, we will have gotten rid of every rotten person out there."

He then uploaded the post which was certain to ruin the man's life if he is innocent.

It was previously revealed that Stuart was abused by a guard in jail – and later dedicated his life to hunting paedos. 

Mick's career as a paedo hunter got off to a shaky start as wife Linda interrupted his first big test tackling a man he thought was trying to groom a young girl.

Linda later scolded Mick and warned him off joining Stuart, telling him the tactics could interfere with police investigations.

The story has struck a chord with many viewers, who praised soap bosses for tackling such a difficult subject.

One wrote: "It's fantastic to see such a taboo issue explored on screen and giving male victims/survivors the encouragement to tell their story… well done."

Another tweeted: "Another important topic raised #Eastenders, Stuart’s story is so eye opening."


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