A third man whose details were posted on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) ‘Most Wanted’ web site has been arrested after being spotted by the public.
Paul Francis Turner, aged 57, was arrested in Northern France yesterday after local police were alerted by members of the public who had seen his details on the site.
He is now in custody and will be charged with failing to register where he was living and failing to notify if he was intending to travel, as per the requirement of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
“What a great result,” said Jim Gamble, chief executive of the CEOP Centre.
“If you are a convicted child sex offender and you think that you can escape the terms of your conviction by jumping across borders, going into hiding, assuming different identities – then think again. You will be caught – there is no place to hide.”
This brings the number of arrests to three for the site, with two more offenders still being sought. One man handed himself in to police within 24 hours of the site going live and another was arrested on Friday at Stansted airport after he returned to the country.
The site was set up less than a month ago to find sex offenders who had failed to notify the police as to their whereabouts. The web page got 8,000 hits on its first weekend and so far another 4,000 people have checked the details.
A spokesman said they were currently reviewing their files and would be updating the site shortly. They are particularly concerned to find Alexander Dalgleish, who was last seen in Eire.
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