POLICE today appealed for the public’s help in catching a child sex offender.
Dean Barnes, 50, formally of Layton Road, Blackpool, is wanted for breaching the Sexual Offences Act by failing to register his address with police.
Police today described him as a “risk to the public”.
Barnes was sentenced to three years at Liverpool Crown Court in 2006 after he was convicted of sexual assault on a girl under the age of 13, abduction and possession of indecent images.
He was arrested in Blackpool in August 2010 for failing to register his address following his release from custody.
He received a suspended prison sentence and two year supervision requirement.
The last confirmed sighting of Barnes is in Irvine in Scotland on Saturday.
The paedophile was born in London and has links to Ayrshire, Scotland and Southport. He has recently been living in Blackpool and officers are asking people in these areas to be vigilant and report any possible sightings.
Det Insp Tony Baxter, from Blackpool’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Dean Barnes is a sex offender with a conviction for a serious sexual offence. I believe he poses a risk of harm and I would appeal to anyone who knows where he may be to get in touch with us.
“Sex offenders are managed in the community by police and partners, a system which aims to prevent them committing further offences, but if they do not comply with the obligations of their licence or notification requirements, then we will take robust and positive action to locate them, as we are doing in this case.”
When he went missing last year Barnes was featured on BBC’s Crimewatch before he was arrested in Blackpool.
Anyone with information on Barnes’ whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.