Sex offender on the run

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NOTORIOUS sex offender and fraudster John Cronin has disappeared, leaving a string of debts behind him.

Cronin, 40, from Tranent posed as an Irish church volunteer to con two landlords out of hundreds of pounds in rent, it was reported today. He then vanished after reportedly trashing one property and leaving handcuffs in the other one.

Cronin was released from jail in February after serving time for a series of fraud offences in Leeds. He had already served numerous jail terms, including six years for a sex attack on a Tory Party worker.