'Do not approach' warning from Police over wanted sex offender who may be in Margate

Contributed by editor on Feb 18, 2017 - 05:25 PM

Police have issued a wanted appeal for a man from Cheltenham after he left his supported lodgings on Monday (13 February).

John Barden, 63, pictured left, breached his sexual offences prevention order when he left his supported lodgings on Monday (13 February).

Officers have been searching for Barden and, following further inquiries with those who have been working with him, it is believed Barden currently presents a risk within the community.

Barden is thought to have travelled by bus to London Victoria with several hundred pounds and is likely to be living homeless or in a hostel in the city.

Information also suggests he could have travelled on to Margate in Kent.

He is white, 5ft 10ins tall, of stocky build and bald on top but with long grey hair on the side. He walks with a shuffle and was wearing a grey overcoat, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson said: "Issuing a wanted appeal like this is a very serious matter and we do not want to scaremonger.

Real concern

"However Barden's disappearance does present real cause for concern.

"We're working with our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police to do everything we can to trace him but anyone who sees him or knows where he is should contact us.


Do not approach or apprehend

"Please do not approach or attempt to apprehend Barden - call the authorities straight away.

“If you see him or know where he is please call 101 and quote incident 46 of 13 February. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

more news

© Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News 2003 - 

2px black line divider


blog comments powered by Disqus