02/10/2007

Convicted Paedophile Found After Seven Years

A convicted paedophile has been found and arrested after seven years on the run.

john Murrell, 39, disppeared in September 2000 after failing to register with police after being released from prison.

Murrell, who was last heard of in Worchester, disappeared after serving a jail sentence for indecently assaulting a child.

He was found with his wife and three children by police officers on Friday.

He is currently being held in custody in Ireland and faces extradition to the UK.

Detective Superintendent Martin Lakeman, head of the force's Public Protection Unit, said: "The arrest of Murrell sends a clear message that there is no hiding place for anyone who breaches their notification requirements."

(CD)

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