Perth man faces child sex charges after being lured to park by vigilantes

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Two Perth vigilantes have made an extraordinary citizens’ arrest of an alleged child sex predator at a suburban park.

Police say the men, in their 30s, created a hoax account and posed as a 14-year-old boy on the dating app Grindr to lure the 61-year-old to the park.

Detectives say the men exchanged sexually explicit messages with the 61-year-old and arranged to meet him at Creyk Park in Kelmscott at 10am on Thursday.

When the man arrived, they called police and held him there until officers arrived.

Officers searched the man's phone and found the messages before raiding his home and seizing more electronic devices.

Armadale Detectives said they did not encourage vigilante behaviour, but did commend the vigilantes for not hurting the man.

The 61-year-old man was refused bail and will front court again next month, charged with using electronic communication with intent to procure a person under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity.

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