Sex Offenders Register - 542/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 26/07/2012
Date of response: 10/07/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 26th June 2012 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 by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
Following the decision of the Supreme Court in February last year that convicted sex offenders who have been placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life can now apply to be taken off it, I would like to know the following:
Have any convicted sex offenders in your force area applied to come off the register since February 2011?
If so, how many. And how many of these applicants have been successful and are now no longer on the register?
Of those that have been succesful in coming off the register, are any checks at all still made on them by the police or any other agency?
Are you able to give any personal details about those that have been successful in coming off the register ie name, age, picture, details of offence for which they were placed on the register, length of sentence.
Have any of those that have come off the register been arrested, charged or convicted of any offence since coming off it?
If it is needed, the following link from the BBC website gives a summary of the Supreme Court ruling last year.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
A Supreme Court ruling requires the Government to change the offending legislation which they have identified is at a fault. This is a lengthy process and is currently going through the Parliamentary process and is expected to be enacted on the 20 July 2012. At this time those eligible will be allowed to make an application if they wish.
I can confirm therefore that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.
The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police. Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.
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If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.