Belfast Telegraph

Search for missing sex offender

Police hunting a registered sex offender who has been missing for more than a month have made a fresh appeal in their bid to find him.

Paul Hunter Redpath, 40, originally from Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, was last seen in Aberdeen on July 19. Grampian Police say they do not know where he is now.

At Belfast Crown Court in 2006, he was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage girls in Downpatrick, Co Down.

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

The most positive of these reported sightings was in Belfast on August 8, when he was spotted by someone who previously knew him.

Last month, the force said Redpath, who has a history of disappearing, is alleged to have failed to comply with registration requirements and is now being treated as a "wanted person".

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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