Number of freed sex offenders living in the community has soared by almost 80% in just ten years, new figures reveal
- Home Office data released yesterday revealed the surge over the last decade
- There are now 119 registered sex offenders per 100,000 of the population
- Rise is due to an increase in the number of registered sex offenders, report says
The number of sex offenders living in the community soared 79 per cent over the last decade, figures reveal.
Data released by the Home Office yesterday showed the number of registered sex offenders living among the population surged from 34,939 in 2009/10 to 62,435 in the 12 months to April this year.
It means there are now 119 registered sex offenders per 100,000 of the population, up from 116 the year before.
London was the region with the highest number living among the population – 6,581 – followed by the West Midlands with 3,563 and Greater Manchester with 3,411.
The number of sex offenders living in the community soared 79 per cent over the last decade, figures reveal [Stock photo]
The figures also revealed growing numbers are being cautioned or convicted for breaking the conditions of being on the sex offenders register.
Ex-offenders are supposed to notify police of certain details, with further notification if any of those details change.
Former Home Office minister Sir John Hayes called for tougher sentencing for sex offenders [File photo]
But 2,559 were cautioned or convicted in the 12 months to April for breaching the rules, up from 2,228 the year before and 1,547 in 2015/16.
The overall number of sexual, violent or other dangerous offenders being managed by authorities in the community in England and Wales was 85,709 in the 12 months to April 2020.
This was up from 82,921 the year before and 48,879 over the last decade.
The report said the increase in offenders being monitored has been ‘driven (mainly) by increases in the number of registered sex offenders as well as increases in the number of violent offenders’.
Former Home Office minister Sir John Hayes said he was concerned about the number of offenders being managed in the community and called for tougher sentencing.
He said: ‘Our parole system has become far too kind and lenient, with people in many cases being let out long before their sentences are due to finish.
‘If people were locked up for longer then maybe we wouldn’t have so many people to monitor.’