Rise in num­ber of sex of­fend­ers in last decade

233 are now reg­is­tered in Hilling­don

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

NEARLY 1,600 peo­ple are reg­is­tered as sex of­fend­ers across west London in the lat­est sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Min­istry of Jus­tice.

Eal­ing (303), Brent (280) and Hilling­don (233) hold the high­est num­ber of sex­ual of­fend­ers among the eight west London bor­oughs, with Eal­ing the sev­enth high­est of all 33 London bor­oughs.

In to­tal there are 7,065 such of­fend­ers in London as a whole, of which 1,589 are in west London.

The sta­tis­tics are taken from the 2015-16 Mul­tiA­gency Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Ar­range­ments ( MAPPA) an­nual re­port, an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion tasked with the man­age­ment of reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers.

Num­ber of reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers 2015/16

Eal­ing Brent Hilling­don Houn­slow West­min­ster Har­row Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham

Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea

303 280 233 218 173 148

133 101

The fig­ures have risen over the last decade in Eng­land and Wales caus­ing great con­cern to char­i­ties such as the NSPCC.

An NSPCC spokesper­son said: “It’s good that more of these in­di­vid­u­als are be­ing put on the list of reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers but it’s wor­ry­ing that this is such a pro­lific prob­lem, as many of these of­fend­ers will be pae­dophiles.

“A trend to­wards more sur­vivors of sex abuse be­ing willing to come for­ward is en­cour­ag­ing. But there is no room for com­pla­cency and it is im­por­tant to re­port signs of sex­ual abuse when they oc­cur.”

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