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Police search for convicted rapist wanted on recall to prison

62-year-old Robert Stevens is wanted on recall to prison. Photo: Avon & Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police are looking for a convicted rapist who is wanted on recall to prison.

62-year-old Robert Stevens, who also uses the surname Melias, breached the terms of his release and police say he could be somewhere in the south west.

He is known in the Avon and Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Hampshire areas and travels on buses or on foot. He frequently visits betting shops, homeless charities and church-based support groups for the homeless.

Stevens was convicted of rape in Shirehampton in 1998 and of a series of knifepoint commercial robberies at shops and bookmakers in 2011.

He is described as male, white, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with grey/brown hair. He also has tattoos of a panther on his left arm and the names “City” on his left hand and “Bob” on his right hand.

Anyone with more information is urged to get in contact with police on 999, quoting reference 5217039469.