Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Fugitive sex offender detained by PSNI after cross border hunt

A fugitive paedophile was rearrested by police today.

Neal Daniel Lynch, 29, was detained in Derry City after a major hunt for the dangerous sex offender.

Lynch, originally from Co. Donegal, sparked the alert after failing to notify police of his whereabouts.

He was convicted at Dublin's Criminal Court in 1997 of the attempted rape of a child and sexual assault.

Lynch was in Britain recently before moving to Northern Ireland.

Under the terms of his release from prison in the Republic, he was put on the UK sex offenders register.

But police said he failed to comply with the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act.

They urged the public to be on the look-out for Lynch, describing him as a high-risk sex offender.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokeswoman confirmed that he had presented himself at a police station in Derry this afternoon.

He was taken into custody where inquiries were continuing.

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