OFFICERS are hunting for a man who failed to attend court over sexual offence charges and may now be in North Yorkshire.

Shaun Wightman was supposed to appear in court on August 5 to answer charges relating to sexual offences that took place in January of last year.

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Wightman, 56, is based in Barnsley, but is known to travel frequently across Yorkshire and particularly in the Scarborough area.

Detectives are asking for the public's help in tracing Wightman but warn that he should not be approached.

He is described as white, of stocky build and around 5ft 6ins tall with several tattoos on his neck and face.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "If you see him, we ask that you do not approach him but instead call police immediately on 999."

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