High risk sex offender captured by police

A high risk sex offender wanted by police has been arrested in Burnley.

Wednesday, 25th September 2019, 3:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th September 2019, 4:23 pm
Wanted man Ricky Stuart had last been spotted at The Mall shopping centre in Blackburn at around on 5.50pm on Thursday (September 19)

Ricky Stuart, 37, from Accrington, had been wanted on recall to prison after breaching the conditions of his release.

Detectives had issued an appeal on Monday (September 23) warning the public not to approach the 'high risk sex offender'.

Stuart was jailed for 7 and a half years in 2013 after being found guilty of sexual assault, assault by penetration and attempted rape after a week-long trial at Burnley Crown Court.

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Wanted man Ricky Stuart had last been spotted at The Mall shopping centre in Blackburn at around on 5.50pm on Thursday (September 19)

This afternoon (Wednesday, September 25), Stuart was arrested in the Burnley area.

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'High risk sex offender' wanted by police is spotted in shopping centre

Prior to his capture, Stuart had last been spotted in The Mall shopping centre in Blackburn on Thursday, September 19.

Lancashire Police has thanked the public for their help in locating him.

Stuart was jailed for 7 and a half years in 2013 after being found guilty of sexual assault, assault by penetration and attempted rape after a week-long trial at Burnley Crown Court