Three men and two women were taken into custody in Leeds on Monday on suspicion of assault, public order offences and false imprisonment. The suspects have been released on bail pending further investigation, and West Yorkshire Police have used the arrests to remind self-styled vigilantes to leave the job of confronting suspected abusers to them.

Increased numbers of “pedophile hunters” have been operating across the UK in recent years, and senior officers have repeatedly said they have serious concerns about their activities.

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