A former Nursing assistant has been jailed after he was caught by paedophile hunters after going to meet what he believed was a 12 year old girl.

John Gibson, 50, from Hastings Street, had worked as a psychiatric nurse for 20 years before he was sacked for sending “sexual images” to an adult, contacted what he believed to be the girl on facebook and sent a number of illicit messages, including sending her graphic photos (asked for some in return) and saying he can be “her first boyfriend”.

The group, based in the South of England, then contacted a counterpart in the North East who lured him to meet with an adult where the police were called.

He then collapsed at the scene in shock and had to be taken to hospital.

In Court, he pleaded guilty to attempting to cause a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and attempting to cause a child under 13 to watch a sexual act.

Judge Robert Adams sentenced him to three years and two months in prison.

Gibson must sign the sex offenders register for life and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.

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