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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 February, 2004, 16:37 GMT
Police arrest escaped paedophile
John McDermott
John McDermott has been on the run since last Friday
A dangerous paedophile who has been on the run for six days has been arrested in Dorset.

John McDermott, 45, who absconded from a hostel in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, last Friday, was arrested in Weymouth at about 1330 GMT on Wednesday.

He was caught in the town centre after a member of the public alerted police.

After being taken to Weymouth police station, McDermott was transferred to Dorchester Prison, where West Yorkshire police will question him on Thursday.

Police "grateful"

McDermott was on parole, and was said by police to present a particular danger to children.

His parole was revoked when he disappeared.

Police have refused to say exactly why he had been jailed, but confirmed that he had committed offences against children.

McDermott was spotted on Sunday morning at Victoria coach station in London.

Then, just hours before his arrest on Wednesday, police said they believed he had travelled to Dorset.

Detective Inspector Steve Harrison of West Yorkshire Police said: "I would genuinely like to thank the media, both local and national, for all the help they have given us to bring this to a successful conclusion.

"I would also like to thank all the members of the public who took the time to ring in with information.

"We are very grateful for their assistance."

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