Sex offender on the run arrested in Glentrool

Barry Gibson was arrested in Glentrool
Barry Gibson was arrested in Glentrool

A dangerous sex offender on the run from police was captured at the weekend in the Glentrool area.

Barry Gibson, aged 55, was arrested by officers and is now in police custody.

North Yorkshire police put out an appeal last Friday to the public to help track down Gibson, who was jailed for life in 2000 on a number of sex offences, including the brutal attack of a North Yorkshire teenager. But he was released at the end of November, 2015, subject to a number of conditions, and had been living on licence in the Boroughbridge Road area of York.

On May 6 Gibson failed to comply with a condition of his licence and an order was issued to recall him to prison.

After a nationwide appeal was issued by North Yorkshire Police, extensive enquiries indicated that Gibson was in the Glentrool area, and North Yorkshire Police worked with officers in Police Scotland to search the area, resulting in his arrest.

Officers would like to thank those members of the public that came forward with information about Gibson.

Detective Chief Inspector Allan Harder of York Serious Crime Team, said before Gibson was captured, that it was “vital that he is returned to custody as soon as possible.”