Police have warned a missing man is a dangerous sex offender on the run
Earlier this week Gloucestershire police issued a picture of John Barden saying there was concern for his welfare after he was reported missing from his home in Cheltenham.
They said at that time “There are fears for his welfare because he is vulnerable and has a number of medical issues.”
But today the police have revealed that Barden is in fact a registered sex offender who has breached a sexual offences prevention order by absconding from his supported lodgings on Monday.
Officers say they believe “Barden currently presents a risk within the community.”
Barden is thought to have travelled by bus from Cheltenham to London Victoria with several hundred pounds and is likely to be living homeless or in a hostel in the city.
He is white, 5ft 10ins, 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.
It is believed Barden took a bus from Cheltenham to London
Please do not approach or attempt to apprehend Barden – call the authorities straight away
Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson
Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson said: “Issuing a wanted appeal like this is a very serious matter and we do not want to scaremonger.
“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.
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The public are warned not to approach the man and to contact the police
“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.”