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Registered sex offenders missing in Devon and Cornwall

Registered sex offenders missing in Devon and Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:07pm 20th March 2018. (Updated at 4:46pm 20th March 2018)

It has been revealed that six registered sex offenders have gone missing in Devon and Cornwall.

Our police force said that four are known to be abroad. Two went missing in 2016 and four in 2017.

Nationwide, officers have lost tabs on nearly 500 registered sex offenders in Britain, who are meant to be supervised.

That is a jump of more than 20 percent in the last three years.

The Sky News investigation has revealed that the missing include rapists and paedophiles, and some of them disappeared more than a decade ago.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The Force has a dedicated response to all reports of sex offenders who go missing.

"This response is robust and seeks to use numerous methods of investigation to identify the offenders location.

"All of those offenders that are classified as missing are reviewed on a regular basis and have a dedicated investigative lead."

Duncan Craig, who set up the charity Survivors Manchester after being a victim of sexual abuse, told Sky News that police need to work more with organisations in contact with victims and offenders.

He said: "Victims deserve the right to know that those that have committed these crimes against them are being dealt with correctly and managed properly.

"We can't keep going for the same rhetoric because we won't get anywhere if we do.

"Einstein said the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This is exactly what we are doing in this country with management of sexual offending."

Alex Mayes, from the charity Victim Support, said: "These figures will potentially be very alarming to victims of sexual offences and could undermine public confidence in the criminal justice system.

"To ensure the safety and well-being of survivors of sexual offences, as well as local communities, it is vital that the police strictly monitor sex offenders."

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