DETECTIVES are urgently trying to find a sex offender who has gone on the run.

Police described 42-year-old Lee Cottam as being of a high risk.

Cottam, who was convicted of sexual assault in 2018 at Blackburn Magistrates Court, is wanted for failing to comply with his notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Cottam, who has breached the order a number of times, is described as being white, 6ft 2ins, with receding hair.

Police sad he has links to Blackburn, Darwen and Fleetwood.

Det Insp Mark Gillibrand, of Blackburn Police, said: “Cottam is a high risk sex offender and we are appealing for information as to his whereabouts.

“If you have seen him, or know where he may be, please don’t approach him but contact us as soon as possible.

“I would also urge Lee if he sees this, to attend the nearest police station.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.