On-the-run sex offender arrested in Dublin

On-the-run sex offender arrested in Dublin

A former law lecturer who had been on the run after being convicted of downloading indecent images of children has been arrested at Dublin today.

Julian Myerscough, 53, a former criminal law lecturer at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, absconded from Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The jury was considering verdicts over allegations of downloading child pornography and breaching a sexual offences prevention order at the time.

Myerscough, originally from Manchester but who was living in Lowestoft, Suffolk, was found guilty of all counts shortly after disappearing, Suffolk Police said.

He was identified as travelling on a ferry from Holyhead to Dublin at lunchtime yesterday.

Gardaí from the newly-formed Garda National Protective Service Bureau mounted an operation in conjunction with Store Street Gardaí and the Garda Extradition Section and liaised closely with Suffolk Police and the National Crime Agency.

Gardaí had established that he had booked a flight to Budapest, Hungary for later today before he was arrested at a city centre hotel.

This is the second "on the run" sex offender apprehended in recent months.

Mian Shahid was arrested after gardaí launched a media appeal.

Detective Inspector Paul O’Brien from the Sex Offender Management and Intelligence Unit, Garda National Protective Services Bureau said: "This is an example of close co-operation between the Irish and UK authorities.

"It demonstrates that An Garda Síochána has a robust operational approach to transient sex offenders."

Speaking today, a Suffolk Police spokesman said: “He was detained under a European Arrest Warrant by Garda officers in Dublin this morning.

“Detectives from Suffolk will now be working with Garda officials and the National Crime Agency to bring Myerscough back to the United Kingdom.

“Suffolk Police would like to thank the members of the public and the media for their assistance with this appeal.”

The force originally said Myerscough had boarded a train travelling between Ipswich and London Liverpool Street at 1.43pm.

When officers from British Transport Police checked the train in London, there was no sign of him.


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