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OFFENDER LOOSE: Convicted paedophile on the run believed to be in Watford

 Published on: 21st September 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man on trial for 10 child sex offences is believed to be on the run in Watford after running away while on court bail.

Police in East Sussex are searching for 34-year-old Craig McAndrew from Newhaven, who bolted while on court bail part way through his trial for child sex offences, which began on September 9. He was found guilty of all offences in his absence.

Officers think he may be in the Watford area, where he grew up.

McAndrew, a removals worker, who has recently been of no fixed address, is described as white, 5′ 9″, slim with short straight ginger hair, and green eyes.

It is not known what clothing he is currently wearing and he is not believed to have any access to a vehicle.

He was on trial having been charged with 10 offences of sexual assault on multiple occasions against two girls known to him, both aged under 13 between 2016 and 2018 in Newhaven.

Eight of the offences were committed against one of the girls and two against the other girl.

He attended the trial until lunch on September 10 but then absconded. The court issued a warrant for his arrest.

The trial continued and he was found guilty, in his absence, of all offences on Monday,September 16.

Detective constable Julie Nightingale of the East Sussex Safeguarding investigations Unit said: “We are in touch with colleagues in Hertfordshire Constabulary who are assisting in the search but if you have seen McAndrew in Herts or in Sussex please contact us right away on 101 or 999, quoting serial 737 of 19/09.”

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