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Missing sex offender recaptured

Peter McDonagh
McDonagh was jailed for raping a woman in 2002

Police in Canterbury have arrested a sex offender who has been on the run for more than two weeks.

Officers were taking Peter McDonagh, 44, back to Sheffield after he went missing from a West Yorkshire hostel on 11 February.

He was serving an eight-year sentence for a knifepoint rape in the Holbeck area of Leeds in 2002.

Police said they wanted to question him over the murder of Sheffield sex worker Michaela Hague in 2001.

McDonagh had been spotted in Manchester, Carlisle, Aberdeen and Dundee.

He has served prison sentences in 1997 for sexually assaulting a female hitchhiker and in 2001 for falsely imprisoning a woman.

He also has previous convictions for offences committed in York and Ireland.

Police said he went missing from the hostel after an argument with staff.

They said he left behind medication and that his behaviour was likely to be unpredictable without it.



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