Northern Ireland

High-risk sex offender Paden 'may be in NI'

William Paden
Image caption William Paden has sex convictions dating back to 1974

Police in England believe a high-risk sex offender wanted for recall to prison may be in Northern Ireland.

Lancashire police have been searching for William John Paden, 56, since he left an agreed address in Blackpool.

Paden has 19 sexual convictions dating back to 1974, including rape, indecent assault on a child and assault with intent to rape.

He is thought to pose a significant risk of reoffending.

Paden is banned from associating with children unless they are accompanied by an adult over 21.

Detective Superintendent Ian Critchley, head of Lancashire Constabulary's Public Protection Unit, said: "William Paden is a registered sex offender with a long history of convictions against children going back more than 30 years.

"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."

Irish police have also been alerted about Paden.

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