Police hunt for missing sex offender

Sex offender Geoffrey Ball Credit: Cleveland Police

Police searching for missing sex offender Geoffrey Ball have received several reports of sightings of a man believed to be him in the Whitby area.

The most recent sighting was May 21 in the town centre area. It is believed he was wearing a navy blue hooded top, blue jeans and white trainers. He has also been seen in a black padded jacket.

Detective Inspector Kath Barber from Cleveland Police’s Public Protection Unit said: “Officers are concerned as to the methods he may use to obtain cash to travel further. Police would ask members of the public to be aware of requests for cash from people not known to them personally.

"We are not sure of where he might be staying. He could be using hotels or B&Bs. “Mr Ball has got previous convictions for violence which is why we would advise members of the public if they see him, not to approach him, but to call police immediately on 999.

“I would particularly urge people to be vigilant around social media sites as he uses them to make contact with people he doesn’t know.”