June 2023

Man jailed after attempting to abuse a child

A paedophile has been jailed after his attempt to abuse a young boy in Dartford was thwarted by police.

On Friday 30 September 2022, Anthony Finnis travelled to Kent from his home in Norfolk to meet up with a 12-year-old boy with the intention of abusing the child.

When he arrived at the meeting place, which was a coffee shop in Dartford, he was actually greeted by Kent Police officers and arrested instead.

He brought with him a Thor fancy dress costume as he believed this was the boy’s favourite Marvel superhero.

The 36-year-old from Briton Way, Wymondham, appeared in court on Monday 3 October 2022 where he pleaded guilty to arranging the commission of a child sex offence and the possession and distribution of category A and B child abuse images.

He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 23 June and handed an eight-year prison sentence with a further four years on licence once he is released.

October 2022

Norfolk pervert purchased Thor fancy dress costume to rape boy in Dartford after arranging to meet at Costa Coffee

A pervert who thought he was arranging to meet a young boy to rape him, came armed with a Thor costume he’d bought on Amazon because he’d been told it was the boy’s favourite Marvel character.

Anthony Finnis, 36, drove from his home in Norfolk to a coffee shop in Dartford to meet what he thought was the boy’s dad and the youngster, but it turned out to be an undercover police officer instead.