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Chef thought he was meeting girl, 13, for sex A PAEDOPHILE who groomed what he believed was a 13-year-old girl for sex was caught in a vigilante trap. Barry Skinner, pictured inset above, met the ‘child’ on an internet chat room and soon turned the conversation away from horses and fashion to sex. Paedophile jailed after trap by vigilantes Report by JOHN GARVEY AND JOHN HERRING email john.garvey@newburynews.co.uk twitter @johng_nwn 24pagesofschoolprompictures

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Above, John the Giant in the Carnival Parade in Northbrook Street; below left, cheerleaders; and below right, the Rampage International M s Band

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‘Newbury the big winner’

“The community spirit and unity that comes out in everyone who participates or watches is great to see, and this is what makes Newbury a great place to be.” For more pictures from the carnival see pages 6-10 and also our eight-page supplement of photographs taken at the Newbury Weekly News stall in Victoria Park on Sunday.

NEWBURY Carnival was a massive success on Sunday, with thousands of people turning out for the colourful parade through the town centre. Families also flocked to the bustling fete throughout the day in Victoria Park. Newbury Carnival chairman Sami Gabriel said: “The big winner at the carnival, of course, is Newbury.

offences, but eventually admitted attempting to incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity involving penetration; trying to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child; two charges of trying to arrange a child sex offence; causing or inciting a female under 16 to engage in sexual activity and making an indecent image of a child. On Monday, Judge Alexia Durran sentenced Skinner to three years and four months in jail and ordered him to pay a statutory victim services surcharge of £170. In addition, he was made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will stay on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life. The paedophile hunter who corre- sponded with Skinner, who uses the pseudonym Amelia Jaynes, told this newspaper: “This was the worst case

But in reality he was the one being stalked – by a team known as Total Exposure. Detectives later discovered the 34- year-old chef, who was living at Gaywood Drive, Newbury, was groom- ing another girl – and this time she really was a vulnerable 13-year-old. In screengrabs of his conversations with the paedophile hunter group, Skin- ner’s messages became increasingly vile and explicit. He even sent her a photograph of himself performing a sex act. When the ‘child’ repeatedly said she was only 13 years old and knew nothing about sex, Skinner cynically warned her not to tell her parents or friends and arranged to meet her in Reading. But before then he was challenged at his home by the paedophile hunters and turned over to police. Skinner initially denied some of the

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