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Disappearance of convicted rapist sparks police appeal

James Whitley, 36, from Blackpool, is wanted on recall to prison. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a convicted rapist who has gone missing from Blackpool.

James Whitley, 36, from Blackpool, is wanted on recall to prison.

Whitley was originally convicted of rape in October 2011 and failed to tell police of his new address.

Lancashire Police say he's also believed to have breached bail conditions in relation to an assault and a restraining order.

Whitley is described as white, around 5ft 6ins, of muscular build with brown eyes and shaved hair.

Aside from Blackpool, he is known to have links to Accrington and Rossendale.

DS from the Sex Offender Management Unit (SOMU) said:

“It is important we find James Whitley who will be aware that he has breached his notification requirements and that we are looking for him.

“If you have seen him or know of his whereabouts, please get in contact with us as soon as possible.

"Similarly I would urge Whitley if he sees this appeal to hand himself in at the nearest police station."

– Detective Sergeant Angela Grey of Lancashire Police
  • Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 01253 604193 or 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.