Police must tighten up on sex offenders – NSPCC

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 July 2017

Dozens of sex offenders have changed their identities.

Dozens of sex offenders have changed their identities.

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Police must keep a tight rein on sex offenders who may be living among people in North Somerset, the NSPCC says.

The Mercury reported last week how more than 60 registered sex offenders – including paedophiles and rapists – in Avon and Somerset have dodged public disclosure by changing their names.

Police are unable to reveal their new identities ‘to protect their human rights’.

However, the NSPCC contacted the Mercury this week to insist police must maintain close scrutiny, and reveal parents can still legally learn offenders’ details.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Regardless of their name, it is absolutely vital police and partner agencies maintain tight monitoring of any offender deemed to be a potential risk to children.

“The child sex offender disclosure scheme, which was rolled out across England and Wales in 2011, lets people who care for children apply to find out if someone has a record for child sexual offences – whether they are hiding behind a new name or not.”

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