June 2016

Appeal to trace missing sex offender


POLICE officers are searching for a registered sex offender with links to Accrington.

Paul Hope, 31, whose last known address was in the town, was convicted in 2010 of two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 years and was made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

He is currently wanted for a breach of his notification requirements after failing to notify police of his current address. He is also wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

Hope is described as white, 5ft 7in, muscular build with freckles and short red hair. He is thought to be in the Preston or South Ribble area but also has links to Lytham.

January 2015

Lancashire Police find missing sex offender

A missing sex offender who allegedly breached the conditions of his release from prison has been found.

Paul Hope formerly of Porter Street, Deepdale, Preston was jailed for 32 months in 2010 after being convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.

Hope was also accused of theft and three offences of attempting to obtain cash from the mother’s account following the incident at a house in Blackpool.

The case was one of the first investigated by Operation Aquamarine, a specialist police team set up in September 2008 to deal with sexual offences.

He is subject to regular monitoring and checks and allegedly failed to return to an agreed premises in Blackburn, Lancashire on Thursday.

Hope, 30, was wanted on recall to prison.