Soar­ing num­bers of sex of­fend­ers in the area

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - CLAIRE MILLER hinck­ley­[email protected]­plc.com

NEARLY 1,000 sex of­fend­ers live in Le­ices­ter­shire - an in­crease of 60% com­pared to eight years ago.

Fig­ures re­leased to­day show there were 959 reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers liv­ing in the Le­ices­ter­shire po­lice force area at the end of March 2018.

This is the equiv­a­lent of one sex of­fender for ev­ery 993 peo­ple aged 10 and over.

How­ever, the num­ber of sex of­fend­ers per head in the po­lice force area is 12% lower than across Eng­land and Wales as a whole, which has one sex of­fender for ev­ery 878 peo­ple.

The num­ber of sex of­fend­ers in Le­ices­ter­shire has risen by 7% com­pared to March 2017.

It is also 57% higher than at the end of 2010/11, when po­lice force level fig­ures be­gan be­ing pub- lished, when there were 611 reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers liv­ing here.

The fig­ures re­leased by the Min­istry of Jus­tice cover of­fend­ers man­aged by Multi-Agency Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Ar­range­ments (MAPPA) aimed at pre­vent­ing fur­ther of­fences.

Sex of­fend­ers are re­quired to no­tify the po­lice of cer­tain de­tails, with fur­ther no­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quired if any of those de­tails change (some­times re­ferred to as ‘be­ing on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter’).

In 2017/18, six sex of­fend­ers be­ing mon­i­tored in Le­ices­ter­shire were charged with a se­ri­ous fur­ther of­fence, and four were con­victed.

As well as this, two se­ri­ous sex of­fend­ers were re­turned to prison for breach­ing their li­cence con­di­tions.

Last year, 53 sex of­fend­ers in Le­ices­ter­shire were also cau­tioned or con­victed of a breach of no­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments.

More re­stric­tive or­ders can also be im­posed on sex of­fend­ers, such as Sex­ual Harm Pre­ven­tion Or­ders (SHPOs) and pre­vi­ously Sex­ual Of­fences Pre­ven­tion Or­ders (SOPOs), or no­ti­fi­ca­tion or­ders.

There were 112 SHPOs and SOPOs im­posed in our area in 2017/18.

How­ever, three of­fend­ers breached their SOPO last year.

A le­gal chal­lenge in 2010 means of­fend­ers can ap­ply for a re­view of life­time no­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments, af­ter at least 15 years for adults and eight years for ju­ve­niles.

A to­tal of 10 of­fend­ers in the area had these re­quire­ments re­voked in 2017/18.

Across Eng­land and Wales, there were 58,637 reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers be­ing mon­i­tored by po­lice at March 31, 2018.

This was a 6% rise com­pared to 55,236 of­fend­ers be­ing man­aged in March 2017.

The num­ber of reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers has risen by 87% over the past 10 years, from 31,392 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.

This has a cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect on the to­tal num­ber of of­fend­ers re­quired to reg­is­ter at any one time.

An NSPCC spokesper­son said: “As the num­ber of sex of­fend­ers be­ing mon­i­tored grows it’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand how these ar­range­ments will con­tinue to re­duce the risk of re­of­fend­ing.

“Just this week a Home Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee re­port warned of forces strug­gling to cope with the huge pres­sures placed on their re­sources.

“With more of­fend­ers breach­ing their or­ders, it’s vi­tal po­lice are given all the tools they need to both ef­fec­tively mon­i­tor child sex of­fend­ers in the com­mu­nity and com­bat the in­creas­ing threat posed by com­plex on­line abuse.”

MAPPA brings to­gether the po­lice, pro­ba­tion and prison ser­vices, as the re­spon­si­ble author­ity, work­ing with other or­gan­i­sa­tions such as so­cial ser­vices, health trusts and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Of­fend­ers el­i­gi­ble for MAPPA are iden­ti­fied and in­for­ma­tion is gath­ered and shared about them across rel­e­vant agen­cies.

The na­ture and level of the risk of harm they pose is as­sessed and a co­or­di­nated risk man­age­ment plan is im­ple­mented to pro­tect the pub­lic.

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