Nov 2004

Police arrest missing paedophile

A convicted paedophile who disappeared in Lancashire, has been arrested by police in West Yorkshire.

Paul Whiteley, 47, from Blackpool, went missing after being released from jail on licence to an address in Accrington.

Whiteley, who has convictions for indecent assault on a six-year-old girl, burglary and assault had not been seen since 27 October.

Police in Huddersfield made the arrest after they were tipped off by a member of the public on Wednesday.

He is currently being questioned by West Yorkshire Police.

Police described Whiteley as dangerous and had warned staff and pupils at schools in the Halifax area that he was a threat, after claims he was sighted in the area.

A Prison Service spokesman said it did not comment on individual cases but said any offender who was in breach of their release on licence conditions would have their case examined by probation officers.

He added being sent back to prison was a penalty for breaching probation terms.