Sex offenders - 216/16
Dated: 08 Mar 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 12 February 2016 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
Since 2012, sex offenders required to sign the register have been able to apply to be removed under section 91F(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 as amended on July 30 2012.
1. Can you tell me how many applications for removal from the sex offenders' register that your police force received from 1/9/12 to 12/2/2016 (both dates inclusive)?
2. How many of these applications were approved?
3. In the case of each approved application, please indicate the offence the offender committed.
4. Has any offender who was removed from the sex offender's register subsequently committed a sex crime?
If so, in each case please indicate a) the nature of the offences for which he/she was originally added to the register b) the nature of the offences committed after he/she was removed from the register.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Crime Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1. 53 applications in total of which 5 were ineligible to apply, and 5 are on-going and awaiting outcome.
2. 42 of those eligible to apply were approved. 1 was not approved.
3. 19 were convicted of Indecent Assault
22 were convicted of Rape
1 was convicted of Lewd and Libidinous Practice (Scottish Law)
4. None of the offenders have been arrested for a sexual crime.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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