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Wanted man believed to be on Fylde coast

Michael Bennett is wanted by police after failing to attend Preston Crown Court on June 23 for a trial for sexual offences

Michael Bennett is wanted by police after failing to attend Preston Crown Court on June 23 for a trial for sexual offences

A wanted man is believed to be in Fleetwood or St Annes, police have said.

Michael Bennett, 60, failed to attend Preston Crown Court on June 23 for a trial for sexual offences, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The trial continued in his absence and Bennett was convicted of two counts of child abduction and two counts of sexual assault against two 11-year-old girls.

Now officers are appealing to help trace the man, formerly of Tensing Street, Oldham, asking members of the public to contact them if they see him or know of his whereabouts.

He is described as bald, having a round face and a large build.

Det Con Marc Amstrong said: “We have recent information to believe that Bennett has been in the Fleetwood and St Annes areas and he also has connections to Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham.

“We would urge him to hand himself in to police and I would appeal to anyone who may have seen him or who knows of his whereabouts to contact police on 101.”

 
 
 

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