Missing sex offender visited Scarborough - police reveal

Missing sex offender John Archer Barnett
Missing sex offender John Archer Barnett

Police in Kent have revealed a missing sex offender has visited Scarborough as they try to trace his current whereabouts.

John Archer Barnett, also known as John Owen, was last seen by his landlord on April 14 this year at an address in Dover, Kent.

The 62-year-old is now believed to be travelling around the UK.

Officers from Kent Police force who were involved in the management of Barnett became concerned that he was becoming too close to a family with children.

After Social Services intervention he left the area.

Barnett is a registered sex offender who was convicted in 2003 for an indecent assault on an eight year old boy. He was jailed for four years.

Following his disappearance enquiries have revealed that Barnett has visited the areas of Scarborough, London, Blackpool, Brighton, Dartford and Bournemouth.

Officers are unsure where he is now.

He has failed to notify police of his new address and is now wanted for breach of the notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Barnett is considered to pose a risk to children and may befriend a family in order to offend.

He is described as a white male, about 5ft 8in tall with a ‘beer belly’ and has grey receding hair and a beard.

He has eagle tattoos on both arms and may be wearing a hearing aid.

Barnett is a smoker and drinks whisky. He also has an eczema type skin condition which is visible on both forearms and hands.

A few years ago he suffered a stroke and one side of his face droops very slightly as a result.

Police believe he may also have shaved his head and shaved his beard off to disguise his appearance.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts, or sightings of Barnett, is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Ren Johnson or Jodie Strickett of Kent Police on (01227) 868049.

Alternatively information can be passed on to Kent Crimestoppers anonymously by contacting them on 0800 555 111.