Kent Police is appealing for information about the whereabouts of a missing sex offender from the Dover area.

John Archer Barnett, 62, (also known as John Owen) was last seen by his landlord on 14 April 2012 at an address in Dover, Kent and is now believed to be travelling around the UK.

Officers 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.

Enquiries have revealed that BARNETT has visited the areas of London, Blackpool, Brighton, Scarborough, Dartford and Bournemouth although 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. He 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.

He may also have shaved his head and shaved his beard off to disguise his appearance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Ren Johnson or Jodie Strickett on 01227 868049.

Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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