Man wanted for Madeleine McCann disappearance linked to Prestwich indecent assault

1 June 2009
Bury Times

A CONVICTED paedophile, wanted in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is also being linked to the indecent assault of a young girl in Prestwich nearly 35 years ago.

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed they want to speak with Raymond Hewlett about an incident in the town in 1975.

The 64-year-old, who is currently in hospital in Germany, has been jailed several times for sexual offences against young girls.

Retired police investigating Madeleine’s disappearance have also said they wish to speak to Hewlett, who was staying near Praia da Luz, in Portugal, when the three-year-old went missing in April 2007.

Hewlett has denied having any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance but has said he will speak to the McCanns' private detectives.

The former soldier, who previously lived in Blackpool and Telford, is reportedly being treated for throat cancer in Aachen, Germany.

He was jailed several times in the UK for sexually assaulting young girls, including an attack in 1978 where he put a gun to his victim's back.

In 1988 he also kidnapped and indecently assaulted a 14-year-old girl in Mold, North Wales.

He was questioned over the 1975 murder of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed but another man was eventually convicted of the crime in 2007.

A spokesman for the McCann family said investigators were pleased Hewlett had agreed to speak to them.

Clarence Mitchell added: “An interview with him will be arranged and will take place in due course.

"Mr Hewlett has again denied any involvement in Madeleine's abduction, and if it helps to eliminate him from the private investigation then he has done the right thing by indicating that he will speak to the investigators."

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “We wish to speak to Mr Hewlett regarding the indecent assault of a young girl in the Greater Manchester area in 1975.”

Greater Manchester Police confirmed the incident took place in Prestwich.

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