UPDATED: Runaway rapist caught in Blackpool

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A convicted rapist who went on the run during a day visit to a monastery in Hertfordshire has been caught in Blackpool.

Malcolm Millman, 58, had been the subject of a national manhunt after failing to return to a secure facility in Milton Keynes on Saturday, October 24.

Thames Valley Police said Millman, who was deemed a risk to the public because of his previous convictions, was held under the Mental Health Act in the resort at 8.30pm last night.

He was found at an address in Ventnor Road, South Shore, following a ‘low-key’ operation, a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

Senior investigating officer DCI Kevin Brown, from the Major Crime Unit, said: “This has been a complex search operation involving many agencies working together and I am pleased it has now successfully concluded and Millman is detained.”

Millman was sentenced to 12 years for rape in 1996 and has a history of attacking lone females while armed.

He was working towards his full release while under the care of Chadwick Lodge, a medium-security facility, when he vanished.

The pervert, who has several aliases and was using a walking stick during his time on the run, is believed to have travelled to London before catching a train to Leeds.

He was then captured on CCTV at Manchester Airport just before 1pm last Monday, although he is not thought to have had access to a passport, police said.