BBC Crimewatch in appeal for sex offender who could be living as man or woman

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Police said Lisa Hauxwell, who is also known as Craig Hauxwell, could possibly still be living as a man - SWNS

BBC Crimewatch is to feature an on-the-run sex offender who could be living as a man or a woman.

Lisa Hauxwell, who is also known as Craig Hauxwell, was jailed for 14 years in her absence at Durham Crown Court last year for several sexual assaults.

But police have not been able to track down the offender since, so she will now be featured on Crimewatch as both a man and a woman.

The string of sex assaults took place in the Newton Aycliffe area in 2001 and 2002. Hauxwell, who was born in Darlington and still has links to the town, had been charged with the offences in 2015 under the name Craig John Hauxwell.

Her last known address was in Leeds, but there has been no record of her at that property for many months.

Police said the 48-year-old could possibly still be living as a man. Crimewatch will on Monday night feature pictures of Hauxwell as both male and female in its Wanted Faces segment in a bid to bring her to justice.

Police said Hauxwell speaks with a stutter and when last seen on CCTV footage in the West Yorkshire area, last year, she had bleached blonde, shoulder length hair.

Police said Lisa Hauxwell could possibly still be living as a man - Credit: SWNS

Detective Inspector Yvonne Dutson said: "We have carried out exhaustive enquiries to trace Lisa Hauxwell and these are continuing. "There has been no activity on her bank account for several months, no record of any dealings with agencies such as the DWP or HMRC and no confirmed sightings of her since she was recorded on a security camera at a petrol station in Dronfield, Derbyshire in April 2016.

"Hauxwell was convicted of two rapes and seven indecent assaults, which were truly horrendous crimes. "We hope the appeal on Crimewatch will bring new information which ultimately will result in her being locked up and sent to prison to begin her sentence."

Crimewatch will air on BBC1 at 9pm on Monday. An incident room will be staffed during the programme. After Monday night, calls relating to Hauxwell's whereabouts can be reported to police on 101.

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