Belfast Telegraph

Police plea over jailed sex offender Paul Barberel

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

Police are concerned a sex offender may have preyed on local women while he travelled throughout Ireland as a circus juggler.

Thirty-two-year-old Paul Barberel, from Preston in Lancashire, was recently jailed for 10 years for sexually assaulting two women.

Yesterday Lancashire Police urged people in Northern Ireland and the Republic to contact them if they have any information on Barberel.

They revealed he spent several months in Ireland with a circus as a juggler in 1999 or 2000. Police said he may have committed similar crimes during that time.

Det Sgt Steve Ryder said: "If there is anyone in Ireland that has any information on Paul Barberel we would urge them to contact Crimestoppers."

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