September 2021

Jason Longhurst: Manhunt for York rapist absent from trial

North Yorkshire Police are still trying to locate a dangerous sex offender who raped and strangled a teenage girl and said that he could be “anywhere in the country”.

Officers are continuing the hunt for convicted rapist Jason Vincent Longhurst who, earlier this month, was found guilty of the rape and strangulation of a teenage girl over 10 years ago.

Longhurst, of Lindsey Avenue, York, was sentenced to nine years in prison and was also placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

However, the 44-year-old failed to attend York Crown Court and was sentenced in his absence, with the court issuing a warrant for his arrest.

Officers have been attempting to trace him ever since and they have issued a renewed appeal for anyone with information on his whereabouts to get in touch.