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Sex offender found after appeal
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Police said Kevin Aldred was not known to be violent
A man described as a "high-risk" sex offender, who went on the run in Oxfordshire after failing to keep a curfew, has been found.

Registered sex offender Kevin Aldred went missing on Wednesday night.

At a press conference in Kidlington on Friday, Thames Valley Police issued an urgent public appeal fearing the 39-year-old could re-offend.

But Aldred, who had been out of jail on licence, was picked up in the evening and is due to be returned to prison.

Aldred was released from high-security Wood Hill prison, near Milton Keynes, on licence on 1 December 2006 while serving a five-year jail sentence imposed for two indecent assaults on women.

He was seen by probation staff on a daily basis under Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements - Mappa - in which police and experts work to keep tabs on offenders in the community.

Paul Gillbard, Thames Valley Probation Service director of offender management, said: "He was not in the most serious category of offenders, who would be subject to constant surveillance, but he was monitored closely."

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