Update: Now arrested

February 2017

Police appeal to find missing convicted child rapist

A MISSING convicted child rapist is being hunted by police.

Michael Simon Barr, 32, of no fixed address, was jailed for 10 years in 2003 for child rape, burglary and sexual assault.

He is now wanted for breaching his notification requirements.

Barr has links to Accrington, Preston and Fleetwood.

Barr is a dangerous and violent individual and the police need the public’s help to find him.

He was recalled to prison in 2015 after he went missing in that year as well


June 2003

Babysitter rapist ‘is risk to public’

A man who raped a 15-year-old babysitter as she slept has been jailed for 10 years.

Michael Barr, 19, attacked the girl after sneaking into the home where she was working in Ribbleton, Preston, last August.

Despite denying the claims and saying it was the girl who initiated sex, Barr, of Burnslack Road, Moor Nook, Preston, was found guilty of rape by a jury in April at Preston Crown Court.

Passing sentence yesterday Judge Pamela Badley said: “You present a very high risk of re-offending and serious physical harm to the public”.

The court heard that Barr, a friend of the homeowner, slipped into the house unseen and carried out the attack.

The girl told the jury she fell asleep downstairs after putting the children she was looking after to bed.

She awoke to find Barr, a man she had never met before, having sex with her.

Despite her repeated protests Barr continues with the sex attack.

In evidence another woman said that in 2001 she had been indecently assaulted by Barr after he broke into her home.

Barr denied this assault and said he had only broken into the house to steal. He was again found guilty.

At Preston Crown Court Tony Cross, defending, said Barr still saw his convictions for the sex offences as a miscarriage of justice.

In addition to the 10 year custodial term, Barr was disqualified from working with children and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.