Manchester

On-the-run paedophile 'a risk to public'

Anthony Curran
Image caption Curran was convicted in April and due to be sentence on 4 June

A convicted paedophile on the run "could be a risk to anyone", one of his victims has said.

Anthony Curran, 55, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, abused three boys between 1999 and 2003.

He was convicted at Manchester Crown Court of 11 counts of indecency with a child - but failed to turn up for sentencing on 4 June.

One victim said it was important he was "taken off the streets". Police are appealing for help to trace him.

Two of Curran's victims were aged nine when they were abused and the other boy's ordeal began when he was 11.

He carried out his attacks at his home and on day trips to Cheshire, Wales and the Lake District.

One of the boys has now spoken out anonymously in a bid to help Greater Manchester Police.

"It's just about keeping him off the streets and away from other people," he said.

"He could be a risk to anybody, putting other people through misery for nothing."

Asked how he felt when he first heard Curran had skipped bail, he replied: "It made me quite anxious.

"I know that he knew where I lived, so I didn't know what was going through his mind or what could be happening.

Image caption The boy has urged anyone who knows where Curran is to come forward

"So I was a bit worried about that."

The boy's father said he was angry that Curran had been released by the court in the first place.

"It's just not right. The justice system just is not right in this situation," he said.

"I don't think that anybody should be given bail if they're facing a prison sentence."

Curran, who had denied the charges, was convicted by a jury in April. He was due to be sentenced on 4 June and has been on the run since.

Det Con Gracie Hulse, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Curran has been convicted of a string of serious offences, but rather than face up to what he has done and give the people he abused some peace of mind, he has chosen to go on the run.

"We are making extensive inquiries to try and find Curran but I would appeal to anyone who knows of his whereabouts to come forward."