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Paedophile who spent five years on the run found hiding behind false wall

62-year-old Brian Ward had been on the run for five years. Credit: South Wales Police

A paedophile who had been on the run from police for five years has been arrested after being found behind a false wall in Cardiff.

In November 2013 Brian Ward was charged with gross indecency with a child under 16, and four counts of indecent assault on a woman. The 62-year-old fled midway through his trial at Newport Crown Court and has been on the run since then.

Ward was discovered by South Wales Police on 6 December, as he hid behind a fake wall in a flat in Cardiff Bay. The officer who made the arrest heard voices inside a flat which police believed was linked with the missing man.

While outside the flat, the officer called a phone linked to Ward and heard the ringtone inside the property. The officer went inside, searched behind a bedroom mirror, and spotted Brian Ward cowering behind a false wall.

We’ve been looking for Brian Ward for some time. He evaded us for far longer than we would have liked, but he is now in custody where he belongs. He didn’t want to face justice for what he had done and was clearly angry that he’d been caught. He tried absolutely everything to avoid capture, showing no remorse for his appalling actions years ago. Our search for suspects only ends when they are in custody, no matter how long it takes. I really hope the news that he is now in prison will enable his victim to have some closure on what has had such a negative impact on their life.

– Ceri Hughes, Superintendent South Wales Police

The 62-year-old from Pontyclun has been jailed for five years and 20 weeks.