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Police hunting for sex offender
Alex Dalgleish
Alex Dalgleish is sought by four police forces
A convicted paedophile who disappeared more than three years ago is still wanted by four police forces.

Alex Dalgleish, 34, was jailed in 2001 for nine months for unlawful sex with a girl aged under 16.

He was placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years but vanished from his Lancashire home in October 2002.

He is now wanted for questioning by police in Merseyside, Staffordshire and the West Midlands in connection with other offences.

Lancashire Constabulary want Dalgleish for a breach of his order after routine checks found he was no longer living at his home in Preston.

The police believe he now lives in the West Midlands where he has reportedly been working as a children's entertainer.

A Lancashire police spokesman said the force was working with West Midlands police to try to find Dalgleish.

'Person of interest'

He said: "He's got a number of wanted markers against him. He is wanted for his original failure to comply with the Sex Offenders' Register and for questioning in connection with other offences.

"He can be arrested for the breach alone. He's very much a person of interest to us and, for that matter, police forces throughout the country. It's only a matter of time before the net closes."

Dalgleish was exposed on BBC's Crimewatch in 2004 after previous public appeals failed to track him down.

Police were unable to confirm reports that he is one of at least two convicted paedophiles at large in the Midlands.

The nationwide hunt for Dalgleish comes just days after the jailing of Kevin Hazelwood, 40, a known paedophile who repeatedly raped a nine-year-old girl while he was on probation and under community supervision.

His sentencing followed an announcement by Home Secretary Charles Clarke that dangerous criminals released from prison on probation will face tougher supervision to prevent re-offending.


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