December 2006

Paedophile caught on the run in France

A CONVICTED paedophile from Dorset has been caught in France just three weeks after his details were posted on a “most wanted” website.

Paul Turner, 57, who has distinctive tattoos including one of the cartoonbird Tweety Pie, was jailed for six months in 2002 for child porn offences.

He also uses the name Paul Geddes and Paul Francis.

While under supervision since his release Turner vanished and failed to report to police and probation officers, sparking an alert.

Turner is the third paedophile to be arrested out of five posted on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection website.

Turner was arrested by French police in northern France on Monday after detectives in Dorset were granted a European Arrest Warrant.

His arrest follows that of sex offenders Kamil Krawiec, caught at Stansted returning from Poland, and Gordon Stewart, who handed himself in to police in Scotland 24 hours after the website launched last month.

DCI Ivor Graham, head of the Dorset’s child protection unit, said: “We are pleased to have secured the arrest of Paul Turner, who went missing in 2004, after working closely with Dorset Crown Prosecution Service to obtain a European Arrest Warrant. We will now be working with French authorities to return Mr Turner to Dorset where he will face charges relating to his disappearance under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

“This is the culmination of two years’ hard work aided by the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre and their recent introduction of a most wanted’ website.

Dorset Police will continue to monitor all registered sex offenders and I can assure the public that we are robust in investigating any offenders that disappear in our bid to make the people of Dorset safer.”