Lancashire

Missing child sex offender caught in the Irish Republic

William Paden
Image caption William Paden has sex convictions dating back to 1974

A child sex offender "with a catalogue of appalling crimes" has been caught after a week on the run.

Lancashire police have been seeking to have William Paden returned to jail since he left an agreed address in Blackpool and did not notify them.

He was finally detained by detectives in the border county of Cavan in the Irish Republic.

The 56-year-old has 19 sexual convictions, including rape and indecent assault on a child.

'Wanted for recall'

He is currently being held on suspicion of breach of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

Paden, whose convictions date back to 1974, was arrested in the town of Ballyhaise at about 1600 BST. He was taken to Cavan Town Garda station under the Criminal Justice Act.

He is banned from associating with children unless they are accompanied by an adult aged 21 and upwards.

A Lancashire police spokeswoman said: "Officers from the Garda Siochana in Southern Ireland have arrested of a 56-year-old man.

"He was detained on suspicion of breach of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) and is currently in custody in Southern Ireland."

Paden is due to appear before Cavan District Court on Thursday.

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