Five missing sex offenders unaccounted for in Devon area

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 21, 2014
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Comments (0) Devon and Cornwall police have said they are unaware of the whereabouts of five convicted criminals in the force area.
A Freedom of Information request has revealed that there were 1,472 registered sex offenders in Devon and Cornwall as of last month, plus a further 421 in local prisons.
The Plymouth Herald request has learned that five people in the force area on the sex offenders register are unaccounted for.
Police say they have a “dedicated response to all reports of sex offenders who go missing”..
The crimes the five committed are not known, but people are placed on the register if they carry out anything from a violent rape or sex attack to downloading indecent images of children.
The sex offenders are classed as being unaccounted for because police and other agencies monitoring them were unable to find them at the address they were listed as living at.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said a team would attempt to hunt down the missing sex offenders as soon as it became clear they were not where they were supposed to be.
The spokesman said: “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.”
The 1,472 sex offenders living in the community in the region is up from 1,428 in 2012.
In that year there were 520 in the Plymouth postcode area.
In April Devon and Cornwall Police revealed that within the force’s Public Protection Unit there were 206 officers “which can be and are used to assist in the management of these offenders”.
However, those whose “sole role” was the management of registered sex offenders in Devon and Cornwall were five sergeants and 19 constables.

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