Missing Weymouth sex offender 'risk to children'

David Chadwick Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption David Chadwick is known to have got off a train at Moreton, police said

A convicted child sex offender is wanted by police after failing to report to the Probation Service.

David Chadwick, 58, has been described by Dorset Police as a "risk to children" and officers have warned people not to approach him.

Chadwick, from Weymouth, was released from prison about a month ago but breached his licence conditions on Wednesday, sparking an appeal.

Anyone who sees him is urged to dial 999.

Chadwick, who was convicted of child sex offences in 2013, is described as white, of medium build, about 5ft 10in (1.7m) tall, with short grey hair and a small scar on his left cheek.

When last seen, he was wearing a dark Barbour-style jacket and glasses. He was also carrying A4 paperwork, believed to be an Ordnance Survey map.

Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Chadwick caught a train to Moreton before hitching a lift to Briantspuddle

Police said they had established Chadwick had got off a London-bound train at Moreton, east of Dorchester, on Wednesday at 12:40 GMT.

He is then believed to have hitched a lift to Briantspuddle from "an unsuspecting member of the public".

Det Insp Joe Williams said: "We also understand Chadwick has with him a rucksack, sleeping bag and Ordnance Survey map and so it is possible that he is sleeping in outbuildings within the area.

"We would like to reassure the public that local neighbourhood policing teams have stepped up patrols in the area and we are doing everything we can to find him."

Police said there could be "various reasons" why Chadwick had not complied with his licence conditions and appealed to him to get in touch.

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