Leeds police hunt missing Bridlington sex offender

Image caption, Police said Moule has connections with the fishing industry

A convicted sex offender has been on the run for three weeks after failing to attend a court hearing.

Alec Moule, 44, from Bridlington, has been missing since 16 June, when he did not appear at Leeds Crown Court.

He was convicted in his absence of offences of rape and sexual assault against children in Guiseley, Leeds.

Police said a warrant had been issued for Moule's arrest and appealed for anyone with information about him to contact them.

Moule had been complying with his bail conditions up until 16 June, West Yorkshire Police said.

The force said he was "not currently considered to present a high risk to the public".

Moule is described as 5ft 11in tall, of average build, with grey cropped hair.

He has tattoos including a blue rose and a grim reaper on his left arm and a heart with the words Yorkshire and England on his right arm.

Moule is known to have strong connections with the east coast and the local fishing community in Whitby, Scarborough and Filey, having previously worked digging bait.

Police said he has also worked as a painter and decorator and has been previously been found living rough.

Anyone who has seen Moule or who knows his whereabouts is asked to contact Weetwood police station or Crimestoppers.

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