Hunt for missing sex offender in Portsmouth area

MISSING Leon Douglas
MISSING Leon Douglas
Cheltenham Road. Picture: Google Maps

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A RAPIST missing nearly three months is being hunted by police.

Convicted sex offender Leon Robert Douglas, 41, has not been seen since breaking his curfew at his home in the Fareham area on August 19.

Police believe Douglas is still in Hampshire, possibly in Portsmouth, where he is known to have friends and contacts.

Officers say there is no suggestion that Douglas is a threat to ‘anyone in particular’ in the community.

But now they have issued this image of him in a bid to track him down.

Detective Inspector Joanne Smith of Hampshire Constabulary’s Public Protection Department said: ‘We continue to dedicate the expertise and experience of specialist detectives to gather all available evidence on Mr Douglas’s location so we can find and arrest him.

‘Although there is no specific information to suggest a threat to anyone in particular living in the community at this time, we are clearly concerned that this man, who was convicted of rape, has not made contact with the authorities to update us on his whereabouts, as he is required to do under law.

‘Our advice is that members of the public should not approach Leon Douglas if they see him. Any sightings should be reported to the police immediately by phoning 101 - or 999 if it’s an emergency.

‘We’re grateful for the co-operation of people who have helped us with enquiries so far since August. Police are now appealing more widely to the community for anyone else with information to come forward and tell us if you have seen Mr Douglas or have had recent contact with him. ‘

Mr Douglas is a white man, aged 42 and 6ft 2in tall with a slim build and blue eyes. He has saved or short brown hair and is balding on top. Police say Douglas is usually smartly dressed and wearing a shirt with a collar.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact the Public Protection Department at Havant police station on 101.

Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.