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Police hunt for child molester

A notorious child molester who sexually abused two schoolgirls in Northern Ireland is still on the loose after going on the run for a third time.

Self-confessed alcoholic Paul Hunter Redpath (40) was last seen in Aberdeen on July 19.

Police said the most positive of all reported sightings after his disappearance was in Belfast on August 8, when the paedophile was spotted by someone who previously knew him.

Grampian Police admit they do not know where the Scotsman is now, and last night made a fresh appeal in their bid to find him.

They said there have been a number of unconfirmed sightings of Redpath throughout Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

At Belfast Crown Court in 2006, Redpath was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl with learning difficulties and her 13-year-old sister in Downpatrick, Co Down.

Last month the force said Redpath, originally from Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, failed to comply with registration requirements and is now being treated as a "wanted person".

Redpath fled to the Republic in 2006 after he was released from Maghaberry Prison and sparked another manhunt in 2009 while under the supervision of authorities in south Belfast.

Grampian Police Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Macleod said: "We are grateful to the members of the public who have taken the time to contact us in relation to Paul Redpath but as yet we have not been able to trace him.

"We issue this fresh appeal to the public to assist us further in tracing him. I urge anyone with any information about Paul Redpath or his current whereabouts to contact us."

Grampian Police said Redpath is likely to associate with street drinkers and approach members of the public, charitable and religious organisations asking for money and is "able to survive in this way".

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