Ex-prisoner Peter Watton wanted over Chester rape attack

Image caption Peter Watton was on licence after a sentence for robbery and kidnap

Detectives investigating a rape attack on a woman out jogging in Chester have named a former prison inmate who was released on licence five days ago.

The 44-year-old victim was attacked in The Dukes Drive area of Handbridge on Friday while running with her dog.

Police want to trace 37-year-old Peter Watton who is thought to have been released on licence from HMP Risley on 12 June.

Watton was jailed in 2010 for robbery and kidnap.

Det Supt Andy Southcott, from Cheshire Police, said Watton was local to the Chester area.

"I would urge anyone who has any information about Watton's whereabouts or who sees him not to approach him but to contact Cheshire Police immediately.

"My concern is not only for the public at large but also for Peter himself, and I would also appeal directly to Peter Watton to make contact with the Police," he said.

Police said the victim is being supported by specially trained officers.

Det Insp Simon Lonsdale said that following the attack "extra police and support officers will be patrolling the area".

"People using the area around Eaton Road and the river Dee should remain vigilant and take basic precautions such as not going to isolated areas alone and reporting anything untoward to police," he added.

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