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16% increase in population of sex offenders in Thames Valley

16% increase in population of sex offenders in Thames Valley

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:48am 6th November 2019. (Updated at 7:45am 6th November 2019)

Figures revealed by the Ministry of Justice show that almost 1500 sex offenders live in among us in Thames Valley. 

As of March this year, it has been reported that 1409 sex offenders are currently being managed by the Multi-Agency Protection Arrangements- special measurements put in place by the police force, probation services and government officials to monitor criminals living within communities in England and Wales.

These figures show a 16% rise in the population of sex offenders in the area within the past 5 years.

A spokeswoman for the children's charity NSPCC said:

"The scale of the problem is deeply concerning, but it is encouraging to see that more offenders are coming to light and being put on the list of registered sex offenders.

We know from our own research that recorded child sexual offences are at an all time high and it's crucial that the system is able to cope to ensure offenders are being properly monitored in the community."

All registered sex offenders have to inform police of any changes to their circumstances, including a change of address, foreign travel plans and potential contact with children. In Thames Valley, 193 offenders were cautioned or convicted for failing to do so in the past year.

Offenders are then split into three different categories, dependent on how serious a threat they are to the public and managed accordingly. The majority fall into the low-risk level one category with no special measures required. 

However in Thames Valley, 49 offenders were placed in the level two category during the past year, and 10 were placed in the most serious, level three category. 

To manage those offenders placed in level 3, extreme special measurements are put in place to ensure the safety of the public such as specialized accommodation.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said:

"Since 2010, more perpetrators of sex offences are being convicted, sentenced and imprisoned. The government is overhauling the criminal justice system- investing £2.75 billion in prisons, recruiting 20,000 new police officers and changing sentences to protect the public from the most violent and sexual offenders."

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