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Six month manhunt over after sex offender Colin Franklin spotted at a Holiday Inn
A SIX month long manhunt for a convicted sex offender is over after he was spotted at a hotel.
Colin Franklin had been on the run since being released from prison last December when he breached a requirement of his sex offender registration by failing to tell police his address.
Franklin, who lived in and around the Beckenham area before being jailed in September 2009, has now been arrested after being spotted by a member of the public at a Holiday Inn in Stoke Newington.
The 46-year-old is now in custody.
Franklin is on the sex offenders register for life and also has a sexual offences prevention order stopping him from entering or travelling on the London Underground or Docklands Light Railway for five years.
He was given a three year jail sentence at Southwark Crown Court after being found guilty of sexual assault in February 2010.
During his trial the court heard he made lewd comments to two train passengers at Manor House and Belsize Park Tube stations in September 2008.
On both occasions he groped the women's breasts before fleeing as the train doors opened at the platforms.
In a third attack, also in September 2008, Franklin repeatedly groped a woman from behind as she stepped off a train at Angel Tube station.
Franklin was found not guilty of two other counts of sexual assault during his trial in September 2009.