Police told angry protesters, who targeted a house in Skegness and claimed that a paedophile lived there, that they had the wrong address.
A group of the protesters went to the address on Sunday, July 28 with placards before someone called Lincolnshire Police about a disturbance just before 7pm.
The police force has since confirmed to Lincolnshire Reporter that it was a “case of mistaken identity”.
Lincolnshire Reporter has seen a picture which was seen by hundreds on a local Facebook group of some of the placards placed outside a house, which appeared to call the resident a “sick child abuser”, as well as a “pervert” and a “nonce”. They also chanted: “We want the paedo out”.
A paedophile sting group with over 25,000 followers shared the placards picture and praised the people who put them up.
They said: “I hope more communities do the same all over tge [sic] world. You have the best public community. Well done Skegness. No damage to property but lots of signs.”
Many commented on the image to say that it was a “fantastic job well done,” and praised that “brilliant idea that sits well with the ethos of the teams”.
It was shared alongside multiple pictures of a person alleged to be a child sex offender. Nearly 3,000 shared that post on Facebook and many left threatening comments.
A number of people online claimed that a suspected child sex offender was seen in the seaside town before police were called to the address.