Police release new pictures of suspect in Molseed case


31 December 2001
Ian Herbert
The Independent

One of Britain's most ill-fated murder inquiries, which has already sent an innocent man to jail for 16 years, is piling more frustration on detectives who have now identified a prime suspect but cannot locate him.
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No hiding place


18 December 2001
Yorkshire Evening Post
David Bruce

New pictures of a wanted man in connection with the murder of an 11-year-old girl more than 25 years ago were issued today. Paedophile Raymond Hewlett, 56, was one of seven men targeted in the News Of The World at the weekend. He has a string of convictions for assaulting and raping children.
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18 December 2001

Brit pervert poses risk

ONE of Britain's most dangerous paedophiles is being hunted in Ireland, it was revealed yesterday.

Vicious sex offender Raymond Hewlett, 56, is on the run from English police and Irish authorities have been told he is hiding here.

In the past Hewlett, who sedates his victims before sexually assaulting them, has fled to Ireland to escape the British authorities and they believe he may now be back.

Hewlett is a suspect in the savage sex murder of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed in Rochdale in 1975 and Gardai have revealed he still poses a serious danger to children.

A Garda source said: "This man is dangerous and should not be approached. We have been working closely with colleagues in Britain to track him down.

"We have a file on him and obviously it's in everyone's interests to find him given his past record."

Hewlett, originally from Blackpool in Lancashire, has also been investigated over possible links with several women who went missing in Leinster.

But Operation Trace, the Garda squad set up to investigate the disappearances, could find no connection between him and any of the cases.

Hewlett's connections with Ireland date back to 1997 when he was spotted cruising remote areas in a van.

He also claimed social welfare benefits in Kinsale, Co Cork, Dundalk, Co Louth, Sligo and Letterkenny, Dunfanaghy and Buncrana, Co Donegal.

Hewlett has convictions for rape and sex assaults and is considered to be a serious danger especially to young girls.

One Garda revealed: "Hewlett poses as an undercover police officer to search young girls or befriends their family to gain access to their children."

Hewlett is 5ft 8ins, of stocky build, has blue/green eyes, is balding at the front and has a prominent upper lip.

He also has "Sue" tattooed on his left wrist. Anyone who may have seen him is asked to contact Gardai on 1800 666 111.
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Face of man in Lesley murder probe


18 December 2001
Manchester Evening News
Andrew Nott

A new picture of a fugitive wanted for questioning about an infamous child murder was released today. An international search for Raymond Hewlett has been under way since police re-opened the investigation into the 1975 sex killing of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed, from Rochdale.
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Molseed murder suspect on most wanted list


18 December 2001
Rochdale Observer

An international search for Raymond Hewlett has been under way since police re-opened the investigation into the 1975 sex killing of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed, from Rochdale. Hewlett is one of a number of men singled out by police probing the murder on moorland above Ripponden. Hewlett was included as one of seven convicted paedophiles featured in a ''name and shame'' article in a Sunday newspaper. They were highlighted as potentially dangerous men the police had lost track of. Their names and pictures were published after the conviction of pervert Roy Whiting for the murder of Sarah Payne.
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Lesley murder suspect on most-wanted list


17 December 2001
Macclesfield Express

A convicted paedophile named by the Manchester Evening News as the prime suspect in the Lesley Molseed murder has been revealed as one of the country's most wanted child sex fiends.
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Top suspect on sex list


17 December 2001
Halifax Evening Courier

A man suspected of murdering schoolgirl Lesley Molseed in 1975 has been named as one of Britain s most wanted paedophiles.
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Police want you to help trap these paedophiles


Now tell us Sarah's Law won't work;
For Sarah; NOW campaign against paedophiles
Peter Rose
16 December 2001
The News of the World

Anyone with information should contact police on 0808 1000040 or 020 7230 3104

THESE are the faces of seven child-sex fiends all prowling the streets of Britain.

Any one of them could be a potential Roy Whiting, yet the police have no idea where almost all of them are.

Scotland Yard called in the News of the World and asked us to publish the pictures in the hope that readers will recognise them.

It demonstrates more clearly than ever before that senior police officers TRUST the public to behave responsibly when given controlled access to information about paedophiles in their midst.

Yet politicians publicly insist that Sarah's Law won't work!

Controlled access is at the core of Sarah's Law, demanded by the News of the World and the overwhelming majority of the nation since Sarah Payne's murdered body was discovered.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob McLachlan, of the Yard's paedophile unit, told the News of the World: "We've taken this unusual step of releasing photos of known sex offenders in a bid to trace them. They've all been convicted of sex offences against children and are considered dangerous.

"They've since been released from prison but have breached the Sex Offenders Act by signing on the sex offenders register but not telling us their whereabouts.

"I want people to be vigilant, not vigilante."

Also, attacks will only harm our For Sarah campaign. Just call one of the telephone numbers at the foot of Page 3 and police will be on the scene in minutes.

The decision to release the pictures of those men under the Met's jurisdiction was endorsed by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Carol Howlett, who is the lead officer on sex offenders for the Association of Chief Police Officers.

These are the wanted men:

WARWICK SPINKS. Aged 37. Dubbed the Pied Piper of Paedophiles, Spinks has roamed the globe using a fake identity since breaking parole in 1997.

Evil In 1995 he was convicted of drugging and kidnapping a 14-year-old boy and selling him to a gay brothel in Amsterdam.

Earlier this year we tracked Spinks to the Canary Islands. He may now be back in Britain.

DCI McLachlan said: "He is a dangerous, evil man and no child is safe while he is at large. The children of this country have the right to be protected."

RAYMOND PERKINS. Aged 62. Convicted in 1969 at Brentford Magistrates Court of indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy by tying him to a post and removing his clothes. Perkins pleaded guilty and got just three years' probation.

In May 1989 he was convicted of indecently assaulting an eight-year-old boy. This time he was jailed for nine months.

But in August 1997, he was convicted on counts of gross indecency and indecent assault.

In April 1998 police went to his east London address and found him with three boys. Perkins was in breach of his licence conditions and recalled to prison.

He was released again in November 1998 and directed to a London bail hostel. Has been missing since August 1999. Considered a high-risk sex offender.

DAVID BARON. Aged 62. Walks with a slight stoop and has a tattoo on his left arm saying 'Sahara 1961 Foreign Legion'. Speaks fluent French. In 1998 he was convicted of 27 charges of possessing indecent images of children and was jailed for two months.

Two thousand pictures of children under 16 were found. Baron served his sentence at HM Prison Wandsworth but was released in January 1999. Baron's last known address was in west London.

ZIA ASAD ALOWI. Aged 33. Convicted in November 1997 at the Old Bailey and jailed for five years for one count of rape and five counts of indecent assault on a 13-year-old girl. Released in October last year to a bail hostel in Camberwell, south London. Left there the following month.

TUAN QUANG HO. Aged 25. Vietnamese. Arrested in December 1996 for indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl after getting her drunk. Convicted in May 1997 at Kingston Crown Court on two counts of indecent assault.

Received 14 months detention in Feltham young offenders' institution. Released in December 1997 and initially registered an address in south-east London. In October 2000 he was still there. But he appears to have left in May this year.

RAYMOND HEWLETT. Age 56. Release of his picture was sanctioned by the West Yorkshire force. He is one of a number of suspects being sought by them over the 1975 sex murder of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed in Rochdale, Lancs.

Detective Chief Superintendent Max McLean, who keeps a photo of Lesley on his desk, opened 148 new lines of inquiry into her murder as a result of our dossier.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed last night it would be useful for the News of the World to publish a photograph of Raymond Hewlett, saying he is still missing.

The spokesman said: "I've spoken to DCI Max McLean this morning and he says yes it would. He's still one of a number of suspects we are trying to trace. We'd welcome anything that helps."

Hewlett has a string of convictions for abducting and raping young girls and has served long stretches in jail. He was last thought to be working on trawlers under another identity.

WILFRED THELLMANN. Aged 45. The only man on this list whose whereabouts are known by the police. But the Met force have unusally sanctioned using his picture to let people know of his existence.

The father of two walked free from Wandsworth prison after serving his last sentence. Originally from Long Eaton in Nottinghamshire, he has convictions for indecent assaults on young girls and taking indecent photos which date back over the last 16 years.

One police source said: "There is no doubt he is a danger to children and will go on to offend again."

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