By Sam Dimmer
Police have stepped up their war of words with online crime fighter Stinson Hunter saying he operates “blindly” and puts
At a public meeting held last night Warwickshire Police’s assistant chief constable Lewis Benjamin was asked for his perspective on Hunter’s actions.
Mr Benjamin responded: “He does it quite blindly. He doesn’t know if we’re engaging a police operation against his target.”
“He may well drive them underground and ruin what we are doing.”
“Secondly he could be putting the
“People could get it wrong like that case in Cardiff where they attacked the paediatrician.”
“It’s not a good thing to do.”
“We have written to Mr Hunter and protested about his methodology and what he does. We are waiting to see what his response to that is.”
The Telegraph reported earlier this month how Warwickshire Police had written to Hunter saying they would consider legal action if he didn’t stop what he is doing.
Hunter, who is based in the Coventry and Warwickshire area, has since responded saying he plans to continue.
Responding to the latest criticism the 32-year-old said he was considering taking legal action against the force himself.
He also claimed that Warwickshire Police have helped him operate.
“Look at my work in 2012 and my attitude then and compare it to where I am now,” he said.
“I didn’t get there on my own. I have had people telling me what to do and I have taken that on board.”
“It hurts for them to say I operate blindly because they are the people who told me what to do.”
“If they haven’t assisted me would I be able to walk into a police station with my laptop in my rucksack and hand over evidence?”
“I’m going to be seeking legal advice. They’re threatening me with legal action saying I don’t know what I’m doing and it’s just not true.”
“I feel hurt and let down. I built a relationship with some of these people and then a senior officer says something like this.”
“The public are behind me – that’s a fact. And paediatricians are absolutely fine by me.”
The public meeting where Hunter’s actions were discussed was the first of its kind held by Warwickshire police and crime commissioner Ron Ball.
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