A 'PROLIFIC and dangerous' sex offender has been arrested after police released an urgent appeal to find him.

Andrew Cunningham was arrested in Chadderton on Thursday night.

Police released an appeal to find Cunningham after he went missing from an address in Blackburn last Saturday, and was breaching his licence requirements.

The 35-year-old was convicted of three sex assaults in Manchester in 2007, 2011 and 2016.

Lancashire Police issued an urgent appeal on Thursday night to find Cunningham, and he was arrested in Chadderton later that same night.

Det Sgt Steve Munro, of Lancashire Police, said in the appeal: "Cunningham has been wanted for several days now and is in breach of his licence requirements.

"He has strong links to the Manchester area and we believe he is likely to be somewhere in the city.

"Cunningham is a prolific and dangerous offender. I would advise anyone with information not to approach him but to contact police immediately."