A former Cleveland Police officer has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for raping two women and sexually assaulting a child. Wayne Scott attacked one of his victims seven times over many years, while he was off duty.
Cleveland Police have urged the public not to approach a sex offender with a history of violence who has failed to register with the authorities.
Police said Geoffrey Mark Ball, 41, is wanted for breach of the notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Unkempt Ball, who is 5ft 10in tall, of proportionate build and with short black hair, was last seen in a Redcar pub a week ago.
He was convicted of indecently assaulting a woman in 1989 and received six months in custody.
He was then jailed for five weeks in 2010 for sexual assault on an adult female and placed on the Sex Offenders Register until 2017 for this offence.
The public was warned not to approach him as he also has convictions for violence, including a conviction for GBH in 2006, for which he was jailed for four years.
He is known to be a regular user of social media sites and seeks to make contact with people on them.
A police spokeswoman said: "He is also previously known to frequent betting shops and pubs in the Redcar area, and anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately on 999."
The former Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price and suspended Deputy, Derek Bonnard have dropped legal action against three police forces and the man in charge of the investigation into claims of alleged corruption in the force.
Mr Price and Mr Bonnard had previously announced that they would be taking legal proceedings against the police forces providing support to Operation Sacristy, as well as against Keith Bristow - the Director General of the National Crime Agency.
Mr Price and Mr Bonnard had previously claimed that they had been unlawfully arrested and detained, and that their human rights had been both trespassed and breached.
Cleveland Police did not name the suspect they are seeking following the discovery of a body at an address in Cherwell Terrace, Bramble's Farm, Middlesbrough, at 1am.
A force spokeswoman said:
The man police are trying to trace in connection with the incident is believed to be white, in his 40s, around 6ft 2in tall and of proportionate build.
He has short, dark brown hair and was last seen wearing a chequered shirt, dark jeans and black trainers.
Police believe this has been a targeted, domestic-related incident. However, they are appealing for anyone who has seen this man or knows of his whereabouts, not to approach him directly but to get in touch with Cleveland Police via 999.