5 People Arrested In Leeds

5 February 2019, 06:34 | Updated: 5 February 2019, 06:36

Police

Police have urged paedophile hunters not to confront suspected child abusers after five people were arrested on suspicion of falsely imprisoning members of the public.

Three men and two women were arrested on suspicion of assault, public order offences and false imprisonment, West Yorkshire Police said.

The arrests were made in the Leeds area yesterday.

A police spokesman said anyone with concerns about child abuse should report suspected offences to officers.

He said: "Protecting children from abuse is a top priority for West Yorkshire Police and we would encourage members of the public to report any concerns about illegal internet activity of potential child abusers to us so that we can deal with it.

"We are also concerned about the activities of online child abuse activist groups and their exposure activity in confronting persons they have identified.

"We urge members of such exposure groups not to carry out this activity and instead to report suspected offences."

Police said the arrests were made in relation to alleged offences in the Wakefield area on August 11 and in Leeds on January 13.

The five arrested people have been released on bail and inquiries are continuing.