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Police searching for absconded rapist in Manchester

Greater Manchester Police are searching for Luke Jones. Credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA

Greater Manchester Police have launched a manhunt for a convicted rapist who disappeared days after being released from prison on licence.

Luke Jones, 25, who had been jailed in 2012 for raping a 25-year-old woman in Manchester City Centre, was released on licence on September 16.

The police said Jones had been ordered to live at a bail hostel in Bury under the conditions of his licence but he has absconded from the hostel.

The public are being warned he could potentially pose a risk and not to approach him.

We are following a number of lines of enquiry in our efforts to trace Luke Jones but have so far been unable to find him.

We believe he may be in the city centre area but it is possible that he could be in other areas of Manchester.

I would urge anybody with information about his whereabouts to contact police. Do not approach him but call police immediately.

– GMP Detective Sergeant Steph Parker

Detectives have appealed for anybody with information to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 2149 of 23/09/16, or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police: 'Secret past' of Fred Talbot can be revealed

The "secret past" of television weatherman Fred Talbot can be revealed after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting two boys, Greater Manchester Police said.

Speaking after the guilty verdicts, a police spokesperson said: "Talbot was an extremely popular and well liked individual - both as a celebrity weatherman and formerly as a science teacher - who earned not only the trust and adulation of many of his peers and pupils, but also much of the nation.

Police have released this mug shot of Fred Talbot. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

"Now he has been exposed as an opportunistic sex offender and that reputation is rightly in tatters.

"Even when he was not committing offences against the two vulnerable young boys, his behaviour was wholly inappropriate and so far removed from his duty as a teacher to nurture and safeguard those under his care it really does defy belief."

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