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Police appeal for wanted high risk sex offender

John Freeman
Wanted: Lee ShawPolice in Lancashire are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a very high risk sex offender.

Lee Shaw, 27, a Registered Sex Offender, is wanted for offences of breach of bail and failing to notify.

He appeared at Fleetwood Magistrates Court on 1st September for an offence of failing to comply with notification requirements and was remanded on bail to live and sleep at an address in the town. But he has since failed to report to the police and to keep an appointment with the Probation Service.

The last positive sighting of Shaw was in Sheffield on 15th September.

Shaw was convicted in 2003 at Edinburgh High Court and sentenced to 18 months for offences of lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour after he sexually assaulted a young boy.

He has five previous convictions for failing to comply with sex offender notification requirements – most recently in August 2011.

Shaw has links to Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

He is described as white, 5ft 5ins tall, slim build, with blue eyes and short fair hair. He speaks with a Yorkshire accent.

Detective Inspector Phil Jones, head of Lancashire Constabulary’s Northern Division Public Protection Unit, said: “Lee Shaw is a very high risk sex offender with a conviction for a serious sexual offence. I believe he poses a significant 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.”

• If anyone has any information about Shaw’s whereabouts they can contact Lancashire Police on 08451 25 35 45 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.