Pensioner convicted of 31 historical child sex crimes may be in Notts

Have you seen this man?
Have you seen this man?

Police are searching for a pensioner who has been convicted to 21 years in prison and failed to appear in court.

Lancashire Police are appealing for help to trace a man who has been missing since he failed to appear at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (March 29).

John Gilbert Blacktop, 81, of Marine Road West, Morecambe was on trial and has been staying in Nottinghamshire during the trial. He is also said to have a connection to Mansfield.

The Lancashire Pensioner was convicted of 31 child sex offences including one rape and an attempted rape in the 1960s and 70s.

He abused five girls between the ages of five and 14, said Lancashire Police, who added that he is thought to be in the Nottingham area.

The force said: "He was convicted in his absence and sentenced to 21 years in prison and is now wanted."

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He was last seen at Bradford Crown Court at about 2pm on Wednesday, although police believe he could be in the East Midlands area.

Inspector Lukmaan Mulla said: “While Mr Blacktop is wanted for failing to appear at court, we are also concerned for his welfare and I would appeal to anyone who sees him, or knows where he may be to get in touch. I would also appeal to Mr Blacktop himself to contact us if he sees this appeal.”

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 0873 of March 29th.