DETECTIVES thanked the Daily Echo for helping with the search for Dean Goodwin.

The newspaper featured pictures of Goodwin on the front page and on its bill posters around the conurbation in a bid to help people recognise him.

A photo with contact numners posted on our Facebook page and on Twitter was shared 2,000 times.

Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, the Dorset Police officer who has led the hunt for Goodwin, said: “We are very pleased that he is back in custody and we would like to thank the public for all the information they have given us and thank the media, especially the Daily Echo, for all the publicity in the last few days.”

Detective Superintendent Mark Cooper, head of Dorset’s Major Crime Team, added: “I would like to thank the public and the media for their help and support throughout this intensive police operation.

“Our officers and staff have worked tirelessly and I’m pleased we have been able to bring this to a safe conclusion with the arrest of Dean Goodwin.”

Goodwin had been on the run for five days.

Police had been hunting him ever since a woman in her 20s was brutally raped in a house in Poole last week.

Dozens of police officers, including 40 detectives, armed response officers and the force helicopter team, had been involved in the manhunt.

They had concentrated their search in the areas where he had lived or had family.

Goodwin helped himself to biscuits and half a pint of Carlsberg after allegedly breaking into Wallisdown Liberal Club on Sunday evening according to one member of staff. It is believed he was captured on camera at around 6pm.

In a Facebook post the member of staff said; “He didn’t steal anything, ate some biscuits and poured himself a drink. He left a glass with DNA all over it.”