A Preston businessman has donated £1,500 to a self-proclaimed “paedophile hunter” after seeing a video of an alleged predator being caught within a mile of his home.
Doug Melia, the director of a number of business including the Defence Group and Safer Handling who provide specialist training and consultancy strategies to education, children’s services and care sector, was awarded the title of executive producer on Stinson Hunter’s documentary after pledging £1500 toward his Kickstarter project launched last year.
Doug, who lives in Ashton, Preston, said he was prompted to look into the investment after he saw a video online of a man being arrested on Preston’s Docks following Stinson’s investigations.
Doug said: “As we run businesses that provide important safeguarding training for staff working with children and safety education for pupils at many schools, we felt our involvement would work both ways for Stinson.
He added:“Seeing the article and Stinson’s online video of a predator being caught within a mile of my own home and at the very cinema I take my nine year old son to showed me I had made the right decision.”
Doug spoke with Stinson after the LEP ran an article about the sting, who told him that the camera used in the video was purchased with the money he invested and, as part of the deal, Stinson will now have the company’s logo tattooed on his leg.
Doug said: “Stinson has gone out of his way to find these people and what better investment could there be than this?
“I could have given it to a charity that might deal with the aftermath of what may happen to children but, in my view, prevention is better than cure.”