Published: November 21, 2012
Wanted man with links to Burnham features on BBC1's Crimewatch

A missing registered sex offender who police believe could be in the Burnham-On-Sea area was featured on BBC1's Crimewatch on Wednesday evening (November 21st).

Lee Whitting, who was deported from New Zealand in 2010, is a registered sex offender who has failed to provide police with information about where he is living.

Officers want to speak to him regarding a serious incident in Taunton, in which a woman was walking along a canal path when she was pulled onto an embankment and assaulted.

After a struggle she managed to get away and stop a passing member of the public while the offender ran away from the scene.

"We need information about where Lee Whitting is. He has previously led an itinerant lifestyle, sleeping rough, using tents in wooded areas and also unoccupied caravans," a police spokesman told

"Meticulous enquiries have been carried out but we have be unable to locate him, however we believe that he may be in the Somerset area, specifically in Taunton, Burnham or Highbridge. He also has links to York."

Crimewatch viewers were told he is described as white, around 5ft 9inches tall, of a slim build, with dark brown hair that is receding, and a beard. He looks unkempt.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call DC Andrew Daw at Taunton CID on 101 or, alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Police first issued an appeal for information in October, as reported here.


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