November 2018

Houghton Regis man jailed for online grooming offences

A man from Houghton Regis has been jailed for six months for online grooming offences.

Imran Waheed, 39, of Cumberland Street, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court today (Thursday) for 26 weeks after attempting to groom and meet up with what was perceived to be a 13-year-old girl over a number of weeks in January and February this year.

He used WhatsApp to communicate with her and was arrested in Rickmansworth by Hertfordshire Constabulary at the arranged meeting place.

He was found guilty of attempting to communicate with a child, attempting to cause a child to perform a sexual act and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.

Waheed has also been placed on the sex offenders register for seven years and was issued with a sexual harm prevention order with various restrictions for five years.