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Wednesday, 31 December 2003

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Famous Spoof writer Martyn Memberton has been sensationally sacked - after callously directing online readers to a police paedophile entrapment website if they rated his stories badly.

Memberton, 46, set up an elaborate trap by creating a direct web-link to the false sites designed to identify internet paedophiles, if readers rated his stories with one or two stars.

The scam came to light after hundreds of Spoof readers in the UK, US, Canada and Australia were brought in for police questioning after dawn raids.

Spoof editorial director Henry Marsh-Witherspoon confirmed to reporters that Memberton, who was once head of IT at InSite Graphics in Bagshot, had admitted his guilt. He said that in an emergency disciplinary hearing, the board of directors had had ‘no choice' but to dismiss the journalist.

"Martyn came right out and confessed that he was behind it all," said Marsh-Witherspoon. "He was most unrepentant. He said he didn't mind criticism as long as it was to his face and anyone who was too cowardly to come to the discussion forum and air their views deserved what they got."

The incident has plunged the Spoof rating system into disarray, with thousands of readers now terrified to give stories negative ratings.

"I would like to reassure readers that it is perfectly safe for them to rate stories as they see fit," said Spoof editor Jason Kubecki. "In fact, I've just been on the line to Gary Glitter and he has assured me that things are working just fine."

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