Police appeal for wanted Burnley sex offender

Francis Doherty. (S)
Francis Doherty. (S)

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted sex offender from Burnley.

Francis Patrick Doherty (61) is wanted for breaching his notification requirements by not informing police of his current address. As a result, his licence has been revoked and he is now being recalled to prison.

Doherty’s last conviction was in 2014, also for failing to inform police of his address. He was originally sentenced in relation to the sexual assault of a boy at Burnley Crown Court in 2005.

DC Andy Ashworth, from the East Dangerous and Sexual Offenders Unit, said: “We take any breach of notification requirements very seriously and as a result of Doherty failing to tell us of his current whereabouts, we are trying to trace him.

“I would also urge Doherty himself, if he sees this appeal, to hand himself in to the police.”

Doherty was last sighted in Manchester City Centre on the last Bank Holiday Monday, May 25th.

He has links to Accrington, Bacup and Haslingden and is known to move around sleeping on friend’s sofas.

He is described as white, around 5ft. 8in. tall, with blue eyes, of proportionate build and speaks with a north west accent.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts can contact DC Ashworth on 01254 353851. Alternatively, they can call police on 101.