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Information wanted on sex offender Stephen Brown
Police are appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of Stephen Brown, a convicted sex offender, aged 47, from Swindon.
In June 2006, Brown was convicted at Coventry Crown Court of sexual activity and sexual grooming of a female aged under 16.
He was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment and was subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).
In May 2010, Brown was arrested by Wiltshire Police on suspicion of breaching his SOPO and was released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Shortly after he was released, officers received information that Brown had left the house in Swindon where he was staying and an investigation into his whereabouts was begun.
Substantial enquiries have been carried out with national and international agencies to try and locate Brown, including interviews with his family and known associates, financial and intelligence checks, enquiries with Interpol, and a circulation as wanted on the police national computer.
These actions have not revealed his whereabouts and officers are now appealing for help from the public to try and locate him.
Acting Detective Inspector, Mike Selbie, of Wiltshire Police said today: “I am appealing for anyone who knows where Stephen Brown is to contact me.
“We have received information that he could be in Portugal, but so far our enquiries with the relevant authorities have not shed any light on whether this is true.
“Wiltshire Police follow national guidelines in respect of monitoring sex offenders and through Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) they are regularly supervised. One of the requirements is that offenders must inform the police of any change of address.
“Clearly Stephen has failed to do this do. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to appeal directly to him as it’s important that he realises the seriousness of failing to comply with the registration requirements and of breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order, and I would urge him to make contact with police.
“Whenever a convicted sex offender cannot be traced, there is obviously an increased risk of that person reoffending and whilst we have not got any specific information that indicates that he has done, it is clearly important that we do everything possible to try and locate him.”
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Stephen Brown is asked to contact A/DI Mike Selbie at Wiltshire Police on 0845 408 7000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information may be left anonymously if preferred.