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Wanted sex offender 'might be in Ireland'

A HIGH-risk sex offender may now be somewhere on the island of Ireland, police believe.

Lancashire police have been searching for William John Paden (56) since he left an agreed address in Blackpool. He is wanted for recall to a prison in England.

Paden has 19 sexual convictions dating back to 1974, including rape, indecent exposure, assault with intent to rape, indecent assault on a female child, incite a child to engage in sexual activity and recently breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order, Lancashire Police said.

He is thought to pose a significant risk of reoffending. He is barred from associating with children unless they are accompanied by an adult.

Police believe he may have travelled to Northern Ireland but may be anywhere on the island.