A rapist has gone missing from his home in East Lancashire.

Gary Wolstenholme, 30, a registered sex offender, is wanted for prison recall by police.

He left an Accrington address on Tuesday, March 15, breaching the terms of his licence.

Detective Inspector Stephen Dowson, head of Lancashire Constabulary’s Eastern Division Public Protection Unit, said Wolstenholme could be in the Blackpool area and that he poses a significant risk of reoffending.

He said: “Gary Wolstenholme is a registered sex offender with a serious sexual conviction. I believe he poses a significant risk of harm and I would appeal to anyone who knows where he may be to get in touch with us.

“Sex offenders are managed in the community by police and partners, a system which aims to prevent them committing further offences, but if they do not comply with the obligations of their licence or Sex Offender Prevention Order, then we will take robust and positive action to locate them, as we are doing in this case.”

Wolstenholme is originally from the South Shore area of Blackpool and has a sexual conviction dating back to 2002.

He was jailed for eight years in 2003 after he was convicted of raping a woman he'd met outside a nightclub in St Annes.

Wolstenholme was released on licence in 2010 after serving seven years of his sentence. His extended licence was due to expire in 2015.

If anyone has any information about Wolstenholme’s whereabouts they can contact Lancashire Police on 08451 25 35 45 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.