Cleveland Police have launched an urgent search for a violent sex offender who failed to register with police as required under the sexual offences act. Geoffrey Mark Ball has convictions for sexually assaulting two women.
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 was in the town centre on Tuesday 21st May.
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.
Det Insp 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 previous convictions for violence.
We advise members of the public 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".
Anyone with information regarding Geoffrey Ball's whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately on 999.
Police on Teesside are still searching for a missing sex offender. 41 year old Geoffrey Mark Bell failed to register with police as required under the sex offenders act. He has served jail terms for assaults against two women and also for grievous bodily harm.
A detective has made a direct warning to members of the public on Teesside not to approach a missing sex offender who has a history of violence. 41 year old Geoffrey Mark Ball failed to register with police as part of his terms under the Sexual Offences Act.
Ball was seen looking unkempt in a Redcar pub on May 19th, but hasn't been seen since. He's served prison sentences for sexual assault, grievous bodily harm, fraud and deception.
The 41 year old is on the sex offenders' register. He'd just been released from prison for breaching the terms of his notification requirements, but has now failed to notify police of his whereabouts.
Police say Ball often uses social media sites to make contact with people he doesn't know and so the public is being warned to be vigilant when using these sites. Anyone who sees Ball is warned not to approach him, but to contact police.
Cleveland Police say their search for a sex offender, who's failed to register with the force as part of his conditions under the Sexual Offences Act, is now urgent.
Detective Inspector Kath Barber spoke to reporters this afternoon to release more details about 41 year old Geoffrey Mark Ball who was last seen in Redcar on May 19th. Ball has previous convictions for sexual assault against two women and also grievous bodily harm.
“Mr Ball is originally from Newport and came to Cleveland in 2011. He has resided all over the country and has links to other areas, although our search has started in Cleveland as this is the last place he was seen. 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. He also has previous convictions for fraud, deception and sexual assault."
“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. We are concerned because our officers take a proactive approach to managing offenders in the community and it is rare that we do not know where they are. We are therefore keen to trace Mr Ball as soon as possible and would ask that anyone with information contacts us.”
Police have released a description of Geoffrey Mark Ball, a convicted sex offender who's gone missing. The 41 year old was required to register with police as ordered under the Sexual Offences Act however he failed to do so. He's not been seen since May 19th.
As well as being jailed for the sexual and indecent assault of two women, Ball has also served four years for grievous bodily harm. Cleveland Police say they are urgently trying to trace Ball and warn the public not to approach him, but to call police immediately. Ball is described as:
5 feet 10 inches tall
Short black hair
Detective Inspector Kath Barber from Cleveland Police will speak to the media this lunchtime to publicise their search for Ball, which the force has now described as 'urgent'.
The public is being warned not to approach a missing sex offender who's failed to register with police as required under the Sexual Offences Act. 41 year old Geoffrey Mark Ball was jailed in 1989 for indecently assaulting a woman.
In 2010 he was given a second jail term for the sexual assault of another woman and placed on the sex offenders' register. Ball also has previous convictions for violence, including GBH. He was last seen in a pub in Redcar on May 19th where his appearance was described as 'unkempt'.
Police say Ball is a regular user of social media and may use these sites to make contact with people. He's also a regular customer in betting shops and pubs in the Redcar area. Anyone who may see Ball is warned not to approach him but to call Cleveland Police immediately.