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Missing man may be a danger to women and children, says PSNI

The PSNI have launched a massive search operation after a Northern Ireland man they have described as potentially dangerous went missing.

Martin Forbes, who is also goes by the name of Drew Forbes, has breached a court order which requires him to inform police of any change of address.

Forbes (51), who is originally from Strabane in Co Tyrone, was last seen in Belfast at about 11.15am on Thursday, February 4.

It is thought Forbes, who police claim could pose a risk to women and children, had travelled to Scotland at some stage in recent weeks but last night a spokeswoman for the PSNI said he could now be anywhere in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

He is described as being 5ft 7ins, of thin to medium build, with a pale complexion and dark brown hair which is going grey. He also wears silver rimmed glasses.

At the time he went missing Forbes was wearing a black coat, blue jeans and trainers, a baseball cap and had a grey goatee-style beard.

Allan Bresland, a DUP councillor in the Strabane area, described the news of Forbes’ disappearance as disturbing.

“It is very, very worrying that a boy like that has gone on the run, especially if he poses a risk to women and children. I would ask anybody who has any sightings of him to contact the PSNI immediately. It is very disturbing.”

The Belfast Telegraph understands that Martin Forbes has not been convicted of any sexual offence but a police spokeswoman said he is a “potentially dangerous person”. She said: “Anyone who knows of his current whereabouts or who may have seen a male matching this description is asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000.”

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