150 sex of­fend­ers on po­lice watch

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

PO­LICE in Mac­cles­field are mon­i­tor­ing al­most 150 sex of­fend­ers, new data re­veals.

The fig­ures re­late to those con­victed of sex crimes liv­ing in Mac­cles­field, Poyn­ton and Wilm­slow, as well as Con­gle­ton and Knutsford.

Data ob­tained via the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act has re­vealed Cheshire Po­lice and the pro­ba­tion ser­vice have been keep­ing a close eye on 1,262 sex of­fend­ers, as of March this year. This is an in­crease from 1,126 in 2015 and con­tin­ues a trend of suc­ces­sive an­nual in­creases.

Of the lat­est fig­ures Mac­cles­field’s unit mon­i­tor 148 sex of­fend­ers, Crewe, 264; War­ring­ton, 278; Widnes, 77; Run­corn, 81; North­wich, 150; Ch­ester, 163; and Ellesmere Port and Ne­ston, 101.

Chief In­spec­tor Gareth Lee, from the Cheshire Po­lice Pro­tec­tion Direc­torate, said: “Each is risk as­sessed and dealt with ac­cord­ing to the re­quire­ments of the Sex­ual Of­fences Act. Our top pri- or­ity is the safety of the public.

“When we re­ceive new in­for­ma­tion about the con­duct of any of those in­di­vid­u­als, the risk posed by them is re-as­sessed and ac­tion taken to max­imise public safety.

“Where of­fend­ers breach le­gal re­stric­tions placed upon them, they are ar­rested and brought be­fore the courts. We also work with those of­fend­ers who want to avoid re­of­fend­ing.

“Many sex of­fend­ers, ap­pro­pri­ately man­aged, go on to live within com- mu­ni­ties with­out fur­ther in­ci­dent.

“We do not com­ment on in­di­vid­ual cases be­cause pub­lic­ity can dam­age ap­pro­pri­ate man­age­ment of the risks they pose.

“Where it is nec­es­sary for an in­di­vid­ual’s pres­ence in the com­mu­nity to be made public we act within the law to do this. These are dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions taken on a reg­u­lar ba­sis by spe­cially trained of­fi­cers.

“Any­one who has con­cerns about an in­di­vid­ual they be­lieve is a sex of­fender should make the po­lice in that area aware ei­ther through the non­emer­gency 101 num­ber or anony­mously through Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.”

Across Eng­land and Wales, po­lice and pro­ba­tion were mon­i­tor­ing 52,770 reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers at March 31 this year.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Jus­tice, the in­crease in the num­ber of reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers is in­flu­enced by the in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple con­victed of sex­ual of­fences.

Mayor’s con­sort Peter Jones, Mayor of Knutsford, Coun Jan Nicholson, Mayor of Mac­cles­field, Coun Alift Hare­wood-Jones MBE, Mayor of Cheshire East, Coun Olivia Hunter, Mayor of Poyn­ton, Coun San­dra Hors­man, Mayor of Mid­dlewich, Coun Pam Farrell, and con­sort Philip Bolton

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