Police warn of 'risk' posed by missing sex offender

PUBLISHED: 13:59 10 January 2012 | UPDATED: 08:24 11 January 2012

David Marker went missing yesterday. Photo supplied by Avon and Somerset police

David Marker went missing yesterday. Photo supplied by Avon and Somerset police

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A MISSING pensioner reported missing yesterday (Mon) by police, is a convicted child sex offender, it has emerged.

Police put an appeal out for David Marker, aged 75, believing he may be in Weston and initially stated he had left a care home.

But it has emerged this afternoon that he has been detained since committing a sex offence against a child in 1965 and actually went missing from a hospital unit in Taunton yesterday morning.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Papucka has asked the public to be vigilant.

He said: “David Marker is considered a risk due to his previous offending history.

“If you see David Marker dial 999 immediately so that he can be returned to the facility as soon as possible.”

He is a white man, 5ft 9ins with short grey hair. He had grey stubble and glasses and was last seen wearing a navy coat, dark trousers and a white shirt.

Anyone who has seen him should contact the police immediately.

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