High num­ber of sex of­fend­ers in N Wales

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of sex of­fend­ers in North Wales is 22% higher than the av­er­age across Wales and Eng­land.

Fig­ures re­leased by the Home Of­fice show there were 812 reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers in the North Wales Po­lice force area in March 2017 – 131.6 per 100,000 peo­ple aged 10 and over. The rate is the sixth high­est recorded in Wales and Eng­land and is equiv­a­lent to one sex of­fender for ev­ery 760 peo­ple aged 10 and over.

The fig­ures cover of­fend­ers man­aged by Multi-Agency Pub­lic Pro­tec­tionec­tion Ar­range­ments (MAPPA), whichich are aimed at pre­vent­ing fur­therr of­fences.

North Wales Po­lice de­clined to com­ment on the fig­ures, but have pre­vi­ously spo­ken about in­creases in the re­port­ing of sex of­fences as vic­tims be­come more con­fi­dent in com­ing for­ward.

Po­lice and Crime Com­mis-mis­sioner Ar­fon Jones (pic­tured­tured above) has made bring­ing more sex of­fend­ers to jus­tice one of his pri­or­i­ties.

Across Wales and Eng­land, there were 108 sex of­fend­ers per 100,000 of the pop­u­la­tion aged 10 and over in March 2017.

This is an in­crease from 104 in March 2016 and con­tin­ues a trend of suc­ces­sive an­nual in­creases.

The num­ber of reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers per head of pop­u­la­tion has risen by more than two thirds (69%) over the past 10 years, from 64 per 100,000 peo­ple aged 10 and over in 2006/07.

The in­crease in the num­ber of sex of­fend­ers is in­flu­enced by sen­tenc­ing trends, in which the num­ber of peo­ple con­victed of sex­ual of­fences is in­creas­ing.

Ad­di­tion­ally, many sex­ual of­fend­ers are re­quired to regis­ter for long pe­ri­ods of time, with some reg­is­ter­ing for life.

Ear­lier this year, De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Jones of North Wales Po­lice said: “We have sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased spe­cial­ist re­sources to deal with th­ese types of crime and pro­vide on­go­ing care and support to vic­tims.

“This ap­proach is work­ing, with more peo­ple than ever will­ing to come for­ward in the knowl­edge that North Wales Po­lice will in­ves­ti­gate, will treat vic­tims vic­tim sen­si­tively and will of­fer them the support through­out the process. pr We have in­creased re­sources re in our Amethyst team, t which in­ves­ti­gates rape of­fences, and in­vested in our Onyx team which co­or­di­nates in­ves­ti­ga­tions into in child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion. We have also ex­panded our ca­pac­ity capa to in­ves­ti­gate of­fences on­line.” The Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner said: “The num­ber of rape and other se­ri­ous sex­ual as­saults re­ported to the po­lice are high. How­ever, they re­main un­der-re­ported and more needs to be done to en­cour­age vic­tims to come for­ward, re­gard­less of when the crime was com­mit­ted. In re­la­tion to child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, a multi-agency re­gional plan was de­vel­oped some time ago.”

An NSPCC Wales spokesman said: “It should not be for­got­ten that ev­ery child sex of­fender has com­mit­ted hor­ren­dous abuse and left severely dam­aged vic­tims in their wake.”

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