May 2006

Missing paedophile found by police

A missing convicted paedophile was found today 45 miles from where he disappeared, police said.

Karlos Bringins never returned from an unsupervised outing in Hexthorpe, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, where he was under the supervised control of the local mental health trust.

The 54-year-old, who was jailed for a sex assault on a seven-year-old boy in 1974 and spent 21 years in a top security hospital, was found in Bradford, South Yorkshire Police said.

A force spokeswoman said Bringins had been found “safe and well” but did not give any further details.

Yesterday, Det Supt Matt Jukes made an urgent appeal for help to find Bringins who he said “may pose a risk”.

He said a team of 40 officers had been looking for him along with the force helicopter and mounted section.

Mr Jukes said the 54-year-old had gone missing before, in 1988, after he was first allowed out of a high security environment into a more relaxed regime.

Bringins was returned to a secure hospital after this incident but for the last 10 years he has been allowed to live in a 24 hour supervised, low security environment.

Since last October, as part of his treatment, doctors began to allow him 10 to 15 minute long unsupervised excursions to local shops. It was on one of these outings that he disappeared

Mr Jukes, who urged the local community not to take the law into their own hands, said Bringins has been born in Bradford and had family connections there.

Dr Abed Raidh, the medical director of the Doncaster and South Humberside NHS Trust, who were looking after the Bringins, said the risk he posed was “difficult to quantify.”