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Police say public hold key in hunt for sex offender

Police say public hold key in hunt for sex offender

Published at 3:35pm 14th May 2016. (Updated at 3:50pm 14th May 2016)

Police in North Yorkshire have renewed their urgent appeal to help find wanted sex offender Barry Gibson.

The 55-year-old was jailed for life in 2000 after being convicted of several offences and released on licence on 26 November last year, but subject to a number of conditions.

On 6 May, Gibson, who was living in the Boroughbridge Road area of York, failed to comply with a condition and an order was recalled to prison.

Detective Chief Inspector Allan Harder, of York Serious Crime Team, said: "I believe that members of the public hold the key to Gibson’s current whereabouts.

"I am appealing to public transport workers and passengers, taxi drivers, bus drivers, as well as hotel and guest house owners across the Yorkshire region and beyond, to please call us if they believe they have seen Gibson.

"It is vital that he is returned to custody as soon as possible."

The last sighting of him was on the day before he breached his court order, outside the taxi rank near York Minster.

He was last seen wearing dark trousers and a jacket which is red on the bottom and a dark colour on the top half, and was also carrying a JD Sports bag over his shoulder.

Officers say extensive enquiries have been carried out and will continue until Gibson is found, including working with neighbouring forces.

He has connections across the Yorkshire region, particularly in North and West Yorkshire.

Anyone who has seen Gibson or knows of his current whereabouts is asked not to approach him and dial 999 immediately.