Convicted Bradford sex offender who fled to Australia is brought back to West Yorkshire

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A convicted sex offender who fled to Australia to try and escape justice has been brought back to West Yorkshire.

Bradford man Steven Allison, 37, failed to turn up at court in February last year when he was due to be sentenced for two sexual assaults.

the police will always pursue those wanted for serious crimes such as this, regardless of where they are in the world.

Allison, formerly of New Street in Idle, was sentenced to 30 months in his absence.

The offences occurred against two women at licensed premises in Yeadon, Leeds in June 2013.

Enquiries made by Bradford District’s Public Protection Unit and Interpol traced him to Australia, where he had been working on construction sites.

He was located in January this year and subsequently held in a detention centre, while arrangements were made for him to be returned to the UK.

He was brought back to England yesterday (March 31) and is expected to attend court before being transferred to prison.

Detective Inspector Ben McDonald, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: “It was clear that Allison felt he could cheat justice by fleeing the country and escaping to Australia.

“However, the police will always pursue those wanted for serious crimes such as this, regardless of where they are in the world.”