Missing sex offenders (1)

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On 10th March it was widely reported that the MPS have lost track of 167 sex offenders across the city.  Will there be an enquiry into how this has happened and what new measures will you put in place to make sure this doesn't happen again?


Answer for Missing sex offenders (1)

Answer for Missing sex offenders (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The reports on the 10 March indicated that there were 167 offenders which fell within the category of 'wanted/missing'. In the majority of cases the police are aware of the offenders' whereabouts and are even in contact with them. They will remain wanted however, to ensure that they are arrested upon any attempt to return to the UK. 

Every time a Registered Sex Offender (RSO) breaches their management requirements, the MPS makes extensive enquiries to ascertain their whereabouts, as is the case with 53 of the aforementioned offenders. There is significant evidence that the additional 114 RSOs are now residing abroad. Foreign national offenders are able to return to their countries of birth where they are not subject to any form of post conviction management.

New legislation came into force on the 8 March allowing the police to apply for Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Sexual Risk Orders, allowing better safeguarding not only the public but also vulnerable adults and children abroad.