First Person To Appear In Crimewatch’s ‘Most Wanted’ As Both A Man AND A Woman

A convicted sex offender is believed to be the first ever to appear on BBC’s Crimewatch as one of Britain’s most wanted men – and women.

Lisa Hauxwell, 48, was jailed in her absence in November last year for a number sexual assaults which took place in 2001 and 2002.

But Hauxwell, who was born in Darlington and still has links to the town, had been charged with the offences under the name Craig John Hauxwell.

Police believe he may still be living as a man – but could also be using the identity of “Lisa”.

So they released images of Hauxwell as Craig John with short, cropped hair – and Lisa, in heavy eye make up, curly blonde hair and long ear rings.

Both were due to be used tonight on the Crimewatch ‘Most Wanted’ section in a bid to catch Hauxwell.

He committed a string of sex offences against two teenagers in Co Durham while living as a man.

But he was convicted in his absence as a woman.

Lisa’s last known address was in Leeds but there has been no record of her at that property for many months.

Despite extensive enquiries since, police have been unable to trace Hauxwell so she can begin serving her sentence.

They say she speaks with a stutter and when last seen on CCTV in West Yorkshire last year with bleached blonde, shoulder length hair.

“We have carried out exhaustive enquiries to trace Lisa Hauxwell and these are continuing,” said Det Insp Yvonne Dutson, of Durham Police.

“There has been no activity on her bank account for several months, no record of any dealings with agencies such as the DWP or HMRC and no confirmed sightings of her since she was recorded on a security camera at a petrol station in Dronfield, Derbyshire in April 2016.

“Hauxwell was convicted of two rapes and seven indecent assaults, which were truly horrendous crimes.

“We hope the appeal on Crimewatch will bring new information which ultimately will result in her being locked up and sent to prison to begin her sentence.”

An incident room – Tel 0191 375 2550 – will be staffed during the programme in case anyone rings in with information following the appeal on Crimewatch.

Any other calls relating to her whereabouts can be reported to police on the usual non-emergency number, 101.

It is believed to be the first time in the BBC show’s 32-year history that an offender has appeared as both a man and a woman.

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