Local News & Archive, North Wales Police — October 8, 2016 at 6:21 pm — Updated: October 11, 2016 at 9:43 pm

Richard Pentraeth: CCTV released as manhunt continues

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CCTV pictures: North Wales Police

CCTV pictures: North Wales Police

Detectives have released new CCTV pictures in their ongoing hunt for a convicted rapist.

Richard Pentraeth went on the run last Thursday following an arson attack in Prestatyn – the 63 year-old is also known as Hilary Clifford Thomas.

An arrest warrant for Pentraeth was issued last week when he failed to turn up at Woolwich Crown Court to stand trial for historical rape offences. He was found guilty in his absence.

Pentraeth is thought to have left Prestatyn by train shortly after the arson attack. At around 6am on the same morning, he was last seen at Crewe railway station.

It’s believed he has links to the London, Gloucester and Manchester areas – but police warned he could be anywhere in the UK because he is using public transport.

Pentraeth is described as over 6ft in height and of slim build with short dark swept back hair and a full grey beard and wearing glasses. He was last seen wearing a dark bobble hat, a waist length brown jacket and dark jeans or trousers.

Detective Inspector Iwan Roberts from North Wales Police revealed that Pentraeth was dependent on insulin: ”We are concerned for his safety as we do not know how much insulin he is carrying.”

He added: “Our enquiries to trace Pentreath are ongoing and this includes liaison with colleagues at other police forces. I’d like to thank members of the public as well as the press and media who have helped us so far by sharing our appeal, however Pentreath remains outstanding.”

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact police on 101, quoting reference number U154951, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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