BAFTA has honoured the work of Stinson Hunter, the Preston-based online crimefighter.
A Channel 4 documentary about his internet crusade, called “The Paedophile Hunter,” won the best single documentary category at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards ceremony on Sunday night.
The film about Hunter, who moved to Lancashire from Nuneaton to battle against growing sexual grooming of young people by paedophiles, took the BAFTA ahead of three other nominated documentaries: Baby P - The Untold Story, The Miners’ Strik and Children of Syria.
A spokesman for the film’s producers said at the awards ceremony in London: “This was a film we didn’t even know would go to air until days before the transmission date.”
Hunter’s controversial methods of unmasking alleged paedophiles by pretending to be a child online to lure sexual predators into a meeting and then filming them, have attracted some criticism.
Sunday’s broadcasting prize was the documentary’s second - it previously won a Royal Television Society award.