Hundreds of convicted sex offenders have been “lost” by police, according to official records.
Five of them are wanted by Thames Valley Police after vanishing while being monitored by the force while the whereabouts of nine sex offenders are currently unknown by Northants Police.
“Northants Police takes the management of sex offenders extremely seriously.”Northants Police
A total of 396 registered sex offenders are missing from across the UK after moving home without telling the authorities their new address.
Registered sex offenders are required to inform the authorities of their addresses so they can be monitored. The figures were revealed in a Freedom of Information request.
In Northants, one has been missing since 2008, one in 2011, three since 2012 and four in 2013.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “Along with other police forces across the country, Northamptonshire Police takes the management of sex offenders extremely seriously.
“Of the nine sex offenders whose whereabouts are currently unknown, the vast majority are either believed, or known, to be living abroad – with a number having left the UK to return to their home countries.
“Changes in national legislation which came into force on Sunday, March 8, will make it possible for police forces to apply for orders to ban sex offenders from travelling abroad.
The Press Association sent Freedom of Information requests to every police force in the UK to find out the number of missing registered sex offenders.