Paedophile hunters live streamed the confrontation and arrest of a man they incorrectly accused of trying to groom children.

The group reportedly turned up at the Ormskirk home of a 55-year-old man earlier in January and began recording him as they accused him of child sex offences.

Despite the man claiming he was innocent, police were called to the home a short time later and he was arrested and taken into custody.

The whole incident was captured on camera and posted to the group's thousands of followers on Facebook despite the man in the video having no previous convictions or being involved in any attempts to commit sex offences against kids.

The man was accused of grooming and child sex offences but it was a case of mistaken identity

In the footage, the accused man can be seen standing at the front door of his house as the hunters list offences they believe he is guilty of.

The hunters then tell him they have called the police before he nods his head and says "I'm happy to wait for them".

After telling them he isn't the person they're looking for, the man then asks them to leave his property and goes back into the house.

The video then runs for another 30 minutes while the hunters wait on police outside the man's house.

At the end of the video, police can be seen leading the man from his home and into the back of a police van.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police has today said that the man was released under investigation but they are now satisfied the incident was a case of mistaken identity.

Issuing a statement to their Ormskirk and Burscough Facebook page, Lancashire Police said: "Earlier this month we were made aware of a post by a group on Facebook accusing a man from Ormskirk of sexual offences.

"The man, 55, was arrested by police and later released under investigation.

"We have looked into the allegation and are satisfied it is a case of mistaken identity.

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"We are confident the man originally named by this group was not involved in any attempts to groom children or commit sex offences and he has no previous convictions for such offences.

"He has been released no further action.

"The post, including video and images, has been removed by the administrator of the Facebook page involved."

Officers then warned those who act as part of these groups to get in touch with police instead of taking the law into their own hands.

They said: "We understand the desire to protect children but any member of the public who has information about child sexual abuse, online or otherwise, should get in contact with the police so we can investigate and bring people to justice."

As a result of Lancashire Police's investigation into the incident, a Liverpool man was arrested.

A spokesperson added: "Following further enquiries, a 44-year-old man from Liverpool has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in connection with the investigation and bailed to February 24."