A SEX offender has been captured on CCTV drinking at a pub with a woman later found dead at his home.

One month has passed since police began searching for 'dangerous' former Warrington resident Richard Scatchard following the death of 61-year-old Kelly Faiers.

Scatchard, once of Wilmslow Crescent in Thelwall, was convicted at then-Warrington Crown Court in 2000 when he admitted to three charges of drugging his victims, two charges of indecent assault, one attempted rape, one charge of theft and one charge of burglary.

Now 70-years-old, he is wanted on recall to prison and in connection with the murder probe of Ms Faiers, who was found dead at his home in Minehead, Somerset, in the early hours of October 15.

In a bid to find him, Avon and Somerset Police has released footage of Scatchard and Ms Faiers drinking together at a pub, as well as the last CCTV footage of him, captured on October 16.

A force spokesperson said: "We know Kelly and Scatchard, who were in a relationship, went out to The Duke of Wellington pub, in Minehead, on the evening of Saturday 14 October. CCTV shows them having a drink together.

"In the early hours of the following morning, Scatchard called the ambulance service to his home, in Blenheim Road, due to Kelly being critically ill. Sadly she was pronounced deceased by medics at the scene."

Warrington Guardian: The last confirmed CCTV image of Richard Scatchard, on Swain Street in Watchet, West SomersetThe last confirmed CCTV image of Richard Scatchard, on Swain Street in Watchet, West Somerset (Image: Avon and Somerset Police)

Police were called minutes later by the ambulance service at 4.15am and officers spoke with Scatchard before leaving the scene.

On the afternoon of Monday 16 October, police wanted to ask Scatchard further questions and again attended his home address, where his property was found to be empty.

Scatchard was initially considered to be "missing" before new information led police to issue a wanted appeal for him.

The spokesperson added: "We believe Scatchard spent the night after Kelly’s death – the 15-16 October – in the Watchet area, which he used to regularly visit.

"CCTV captured at about 9am on Monday 16 October shows Scatchard in the Swain Street area of Watchet. This is the last sighting on CCTV we have of Scatchard.

"Previous public appeals have culminated in more than 80 calls and online reports of potential sightings. We continue to analyse every one of them, but those that have been reviewed have either been discounted or there is insufficient evidence to determine whether it is Scatchard.

"The vast majority of the reported sightings have come in the West Somerset area, but we remain mindful he may have travelled to another part of the country, as previously stated."

The National Crime Agency is supporting efforts to locate Scatchard and enquiries into Kelly’s death are being led by Avon and Somerset’s Major Crime Investigation Team.

Scatchard is described as a white man, about 5ft 11ins and has a Scottish accent. He’s known to have used the name Richard Dunlop previously.

The public have been urged not to approach him if spotted but call 999 and provide the call handler with the reference 5223259285.

If you know where he is call 101 with the same reference number.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online and on 0800 555111.