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Police appeal to trace missing sex offender

Posted on - 22nd June, 2016 - 8:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Lancashire Police, Preston News

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Lancashire Police have issued an appeal to find a registered sex offender thought to be in the Preston or South Ribble area.

Update: Preston Police said Hope was arrested on Wednesday night

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Paul Hope, 31, whose last known address was in Accrington, was convicted in 2010 of two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

He is wanted for failing to notify police of his current address and on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

Mr Hope is described as white, 5ft 7in, muscular build with freckles and short red hair. He is thought to be in the Preston or South Ribble area but also has links to Accrington and Lytham.

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Dave Hanna of the Sex Offenders Management Unit said: “Paul Hope is in breach of his notification requirements and I would urge anyone who has seen him or knows where he is to contact us as soon as possible.

“I would also urge Hope, if he sees this appeal, to hand himself into the nearest police station at his earliest opportunity.”

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting LC-20160622-0710.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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