Fugitive Yorkshire rapist arrested in France

A CONVICTED rapist from North Yorkshire who went on the run to avoid jail has been arrested in France.

George Doulat

George Doulat, 56, of Pasture Crescent, Filey, was sentenced in his absence to 10 years in prison for raping a teenager.

He was also convicted of attempted rape and sexual assault against the same woman, who was 19 when he committed the offences in Bradford.

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Bradford Crown Court issued a warrant for Doulat’s arrest when he failed to attend court last week after he was found guilty in his absence.

Police launched a manhunt and told members of the public not to approach Doulat.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said today: “He was detained by French authorities in Calais last night.”

The spokesman said Doulat would be brought before a French court but it was not yet known when he will be returned to Britain.