A former Essex police officer who admitted trying to meet up with a 15-year-old boy has been spared jail.
Jonathan Davies-Brewin, 50, thought he was talking to the boy on the dating app Grindr, but it turned out to be a vigilante paedophile hunter.
They arranged to meet in Braintree in June 2017 where Davies-Brewin, who was still a serving officer at the time, was arrested.
Davies-Brewin pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to meet a child under the age of 16 for the purposes of sexual grooming, and resigned from the force last month.
He was handed a nine-month prison sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court, suspended for two years, and was told to pay £1,200 in costs.
He will also face misconduct proceedings from Essex Police, despite no longer being part of the force.