Saturday 24 June 2017

Gardai arrest 'on the run' convicted sex offender before he boards flight from Dublin

Former lecturer previously convicted of making and possessing indecent images of children

The former criminal law lecturer at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, disappeared from Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday afternoon. Photo credit: Suffolk Police/PA Wire
The former criminal law lecturer at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, disappeared from Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday afternoon. Photo credit: Suffolk Police/PA Wire
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Gardai arrested a convicted sex offender before he could board a flight from Dublin airport this morning.

Julian Myerscough, from Bolton, was wanted in the UK after he absconded from Ipswich Crown Court, Suffolk on Wednesday.

Myerscough was convicted of making and possessing indecent images of children in 2010 and received a 15 month sentence.

He appeared in the same court on similar charges on Wednesday before he managed to escape authorities.

He was then spotted  travelling on a ferry from Holyhead to Dublin at lunchtime yesterday.

A major operation to find the 'on the run' sex offender was launched by the Garda National Protective Service Bureau with UK police and the National Crime Agency.

Myerscough was arrested at a city centre hotel this morning, just hours before he was due to board a flight to Hungary to evade the UK police.

Investigating gardai had established Myerscough had booked a flight to Budapest, Hungary for later today.

"This is an example of close co-operation between the Irish and UK authorities. It demonstrates that An Garda Siochana has a robust operational approach to transient sex offenders," Detective Inspector Paul O’Brien from the Sex Offender Management and Intelligence Unit said today.

Julian Myerscough is expected to appear before the High Court later this afternoon.

This is the second 'on the run' sex offender apprehended in recent months.

Mian Shahid was arrested after gardai launched a media appeal. 

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