A convicted sex offender who was wanted by police has been found and arrested.

Stephen Pennington, 35, was wanted by police over the weekend on recall to prison for breaching his conditions.

Pennington is a registered sex offender who was jailed in 2009 for the rape of a child. He was jailed again last year for breaches of a sexual harm prevention order and notification requirements.

He has links to Blackburn, Blackpool and Wigan.

Police arrested Pennington this morning (October 2) and will now be recalled to prison.

A spokesperson for the police said: “Lancashire Police made an appealed over the weekend asking for the public's help to find a wanted man called Stephen Pennington.

“We are pleased to say that Pennington has been arrested this morning (Monday, Oct 2) and he will now be recalled to prison.

“We would like to thank everyone who has come forward with information over the last couple of days.

“Your extra eyes and ears really can make a massive difference to the work we do to keep you and your communities safe.”