October 2019

Man and woman jailed for attempting to meet a child for sex

A man and a woman have both been sentenced for sexual offences after attempting to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.

Stephen John Longhurst, aged 37, of no fixed abode, and Natalie Bourne, aged 30, of Stourton Road, Birmingham, travelled to Northampton train station to meet what they thought was a 14-year-old girl on Thursday, August 1.

What they didn’t realise however, was that the girl they had been talking to, ‘Emily’, wasn’t real, and instead had been created by an online child abuse activist group to trap them.

Longhurst began talking to ‘Emily’ on Facebook, sending her inappropriate messages, photos and videos, before booking a hotel room and inviting her to meet with him.

He then introduced ‘Emily’ online to Bourne, who also sent inappropriate messages and photos of herself to the girl.

After telling ‘Emily’ to lie to her mother that she was staying with friends, Longhurst and Bourne then made arrangements to meet her at Northampton train station so they could make their way to the hotel room they had paid for.

However, the group who had been pretending to be ‘Emily’ all along then informed police officers who arrived at the station and arrested the pair, before charging them with a number of offences.

Both Longhurst and Bourne pleaded guilty to arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and attempting to meet a girl under 16 years of age following grooming.

Longhurst also pleaded guilty to the additional offence of attempting to cause a child aged 13-15 to watch/look at an image of sexual activity.

Longhurst was jailed for six years for the offences while Bourne was jailed for three years.

Both were also made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

September 2019

Man and woman plead guilty to attempting to meet a child for sex

A man and a woman have today, Wednesday, September 4, pleaded guilty to sexual offences in relation to attempting to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.

Stephen John Longhurst, 37, of Aynho Crescent, Northampton, and Natalie Bourne, 30, of Stourton Road, Birmingham, travelled to Northampton train station on Thursday, August 1, to meet what they thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex.

The girl was actually a decoy from an online team called ‘Totnes Justice’ and instead, police officers arrived to arrest them.

Detective Sergeant Helena Congreve from Northamptonshire Police’s POLIT Team, said: “I’m very pleased that the POLIT Team’s investigation into this case has resulted in a guilty plea from both Bourne and Longhurst today.

“Bourne travelled from outside of Northamptonshire to meet a girl who she believed was 14-years-old, demonstrating the lengths the pair were willing to go to sexually abuse a child.

“Detectives in the POLIT Team work extremely hard every day to bring offenders like Bourne and Longhurst to justice and I hope this case shows just how seriously Northamptonshire Police takes offences against children.”

Both Bourne and Longhurst will both be sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on Thursday, October 24.