A WANTED man sought on suspicion of a serious sexual offence has been found by police.

West Mercia Police appealed for help to trace Ashley Shearon, 48, from Worcester on August 23, but he was found on Monday by officers.

He has since been released on bail.

Shearon was wanted by police on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm as well as in relation to a serious sexual assault.

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: "We appealed for help to trace wanted man Ashley Shearon.

The 48-year-old was located on Monday. Thank you to everyone who shared our appeal."

In 2003, Shearon was jailed for five years for his part in the murder of 35-year-old Michael Kelly in Teme Road, Worcester.

He helped murderer Gerald Edwards, who was given a life sentence, dispose of the body of Kelly.

Edwards killed the father-of-three with an axe blow to the head in their Teme Road flat before borrowing a saw from an unsuspecting neighbour and dismembering his victim's body.

Shearon, who was 34 at the time, admitted perverting the course of justice in helping dispose of the body in Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, and torching the car used to transport the remains.

He was bailed until Monday, October 2.