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Wanted Stephen Carruthers charged with child sex offences

Stephen Carruthers Image copyright National Crime Agency
Image caption Stephen Carruthers was originally arrested in March 2014 at an address in Ambleside

A man arrested after being on the run for nearly three years has been charged with child sex offences.

Stephen Carruthers, from Bury, is accused of 18 offences of making indecent photographs of a child and one of failing to surrender to custody.

He was arrested earlier this month after being admitted to a French hospital.

The 43-year-old is due before South Lakeland magistrates in Kendal, Cumbria, later.

Mr Carruthers was originally arrested in March 2014 at an address in Ambleside.

Police said a computer recovered at the scene allegedly contained 5,332 indecent images of children.

After being interviewed he was given bail to re-attend the police station but failed to return.

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