July 2016

Blackpool teen sex offender breached bail


A teenage convicted sex offender from Blackpool who went missing from his bail hostel has been recaptured.

Ryan Humpage, 19, who was reportedly given an 18-month jail term last August for sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl, had failed to report to a hostel in Bury on Saturday, Greater Manchester Police said.

He was the subject of a Crimewatch appeal by Lancashire Police in April last year over fears he may have fled to Ireland at a time he 
was wanted on suspicion of rape. He was later arrested in County Antrim in Northern Ireland and returned to England.

On Sunday evening a Greater Manchester Police spokesman said a man had been found and arrested.

August 2015

Teen who sparked manhunt when he fled the country after having sex with 13-year-old schoolgirl is jailed 

A teenager who fled the country after having sex with a 13-year-old schoolgirl four times has been jailed.

Ryan Humpage, 18, sparked a manhunt after being accused of raping the girl at a party on Christmas Day 2013. 

He was caught in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, after being featured on the BBC’s Crimewatch.

The rape charge was dropped after the girl and a number of other young teenagers gave evidence in court.

But he admitted sexual activity with a child and was sentenced to 18 months in a Young Offender Institution at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday.

The judge also made a sexual harm prevention order banning him from having unsupervised contact with any girl under 16.

Humpage, of Blackpool, Lancashire, had sex with the girl after inviting a group of young teenagers back to the supported accommodation he was staying in, the court heard.

He broke in through a window and was joined by the youngsters aged between 12 and 15. 

Paul Cummings, prosecuting, said: ‘There was an element of grooming. Two witnesses spoke of activity taking place prior to this occasion on Christmas night.

‘She had been seen with a love bite from a previous incident.’ 

The court heard prior to the events of Christmas Day, two separate child abduction notices had been served on Humpage by police in a bid to ward him off associating with younger children. 

Judge Christopher Cornwall, sentencing, told him: ‘It is a great cause for concern that a 13-year-old girl had intercourse with you.

She has had a miserable time of it, not only the long delay waiting to give evidence and having her word called into question when she did give evidence.

‘She has been fearful of going out because she has never known when out and about she will meet one of your friends.

‘She feels wholly unfair pressure has been brought to bear on her. She has suffered badly.

‘It is a thoroughly miserable and depressing story all because a 17-year-old who may be immature and may be limited but who is determined and controlling and has an undesirable interest in children younger than himself chose to invite all those people back to the address which he had undertaken he wouldn’t be visiting at all.’

The court heard Humpage is also serving a custodial sentence for an attack on his girlfriend during a camping trip to Northamptonshire in which he burnt her with a can of body spray and a lighter.