Police Lose Track Of 13 Sex Offenders

Police have lost track of 13 registered sex offenders in Wales, the Home Office has said. Home Office figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives showed that police had lost track of five offenders in both the North Wales and South Wales force areas, two in Dyfed Powys and one in Gwent, at the end of last month.

The statistics were provided in response to a Parliamentary question from Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan MP. Last month it was disclosed that 322 such offenders had gone missing across the United Kingdom.

Ms Gillan said: “This is a matter of serious public concern and every effort must be made to locate these individuals as quickly as possible. The people of Wales are being put at an unacceptable risk by the failure to keep track of these serious offenders.

“News such as this will only serve to further undermine the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system, the Home Office, and the Government’s failure to monitor and manage dangerous criminals.”