Fears raised over sex offenders on the loose in Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: SAFETY FIRST: Claude Knights, of Kidscape SAFETY FIRST: Claude Knights, of Kidscape

CONCERNS have been raised about how authorities can keep tabs on four sex offenders who are homeless in Dorset.

The offenders, whose identities will not be revealed by the police, are registered as of ‘no fixed abode’ – which a leading figure in child protection says makes them ‘difficult to assess and monitor’.

The police have also revealed that 33 Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) moved to Dorset in 2013 and three sex offenders are currently missing or wanted, sparking more concern.

Dorset Police has refused to tell the Echo how dangerous any of these sex offenders are because the ‘public interest argument for withholding the information considerably outweighs those in favour of disclosure’.

Sex offenders are managed by the Dorset Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements Management Board (MAPPA) and categorised according to their threat to the public. But the police say they can’t reveal the level of any of these offenders because 'it would reveal information to the RSOs, which could be used to their advantage’.

MAPPA publishes a report about the number of sex offenders in the county and their ‘level’– a scale dependant on how much monitoring they need.

Level one offenders need ordinary agency management, level two is where the active involvement of more than one agency is required. Level three is where senior oversight is required to monitor an offender.

We asked the police two questions – the level of the RSOs listed as homeless and the level of the RSOs listed as missing.

But the police say they can’t reveal the level of any of these offenders because ‘it would reveal information to the RSOs, which could be used to their advantage.’ They say the offenders would be able to ‘adjust their behaviour to avoid detection.’ They also say that homeless people are a vulnerable group and someone could be identified, either rightly or wrongly, as one of the offenders.

The Echo was prompted to investigate how many sex offenders in the county don’t have a fixed address following the imprisonment of rapist Mark Gillard.

Gillard was convicted in 1998 and was put on the sex offenders’ register, requiring him to tell the police where he is living.

He moved from Southampton to Dorset last year, failing to keep officers informed.

Since August 2012, it has been a legal requirement for sex offenders who are of ‘no fixed abode’ to check in with the police every week.

Registrants must inform the police within three days if they change their address or name or register as homeless.

Margaret Morrissey of Parents Outloud said it was ‘scandalous’.

She added: “If there are sex offenders of no fixed abode, how can they be monitored effectively?

‘Very difficult to monitor’

THE chief executive of children’s safety charity Kidscape, Claude Knights, said sex offenders are ‘at their most volatile and dangerous when they are living in chaotic and unsettled circumstances’.

She said authorities have a ‘duty of care to potential victims’ to make sure they are keeping track of offenders.

Mrs Knights added: “Registered sex offenders who are of no fixed abode are very difficult to assess and monitor.

“The multi-agency public protection arrangements, which are set in motion when sex offenders are released, depend upon the ability of the different agencies to have regular and sustained contact with those individuals. The safety of our communities depends on predators being on the appropriate radars.”

According to the latest MAPPA report, there are 599 sex offenders in Dorset – an increase on the previous year. Of those, 17 were cautioned for breach of notification requirements in 2012-2013.

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12:06pm Sat 8 Mar 14

we-shall-see says...

A simple answer to this problem is - keep them locked up and away from society - or neuter them like dogs and cats before releasing them ..... extreme maybe, but it would help towards keeping our children and young women safer - and that is surely the most basic human right?

Being able to live in peace and safety is essential. Having predatory perverts walking the streets unchecked is too much of a risk to us all .....
A simple answer to this problem is - keep them locked up and away from society - or neuter them like dogs and cats before releasing them ..... extreme maybe, but it would help towards keeping our children and young women safer - and that is surely the most basic human right? Being able to live in peace and safety is essential. Having predatory perverts walking the streets unchecked is too much of a risk to us all ..... we-shall-see
  • Score: 27

12:13pm Sat 8 Mar 14

poolebabe says...

These perverts have more rights than the children that need protecting. With no fixed abode, how on earth can the public be protected? What about the duty of care to Children? Lock them up, or identify them. The police assume these people are a risk, hence the register, but they also assume vigilantism. They protect the pervert from vigilante attacks, but they aren't protecting the children. Let the public be responsible for their own actions by telling us who they are. Just as they allow the perverts freedom, in the hope they will not re offend. It's messed up!
These perverts have more rights than the children that need protecting. With no fixed abode, how on earth can the public be protected? What about the duty of care to Children? Lock them up, or identify them. The police assume these people are a risk, hence the register, but they also assume vigilantism. They protect the pervert from vigilante attacks, but they aren't protecting the children. Let the public be responsible for their own actions by telling us who they are. Just as they allow the perverts freedom, in the hope they will not re offend. It's messed up! poolebabe
  • Score: 19

1:18pm Sat 8 Mar 14

shaft says...

What is this county let alone country coming too when safety of our children is put at risk by letting these ANIMALS roam free. Each one should be identified and posted so parents can report sightings to places like kidscape.
We need a safety system scheme put in place where reported sightings get immediately uploaded to police website which can be viewed by parents also parents who register for such a scheme will receive a text warning that a predator has been sighted within their area zone. It's time for ALL our MPs to man up and force a law change which will allow such a scheme.
What is this county let alone country coming too when safety of our children is put at risk by letting these ANIMALS roam free. Each one should be identified and posted so parents can report sightings to places like kidscape. We need a safety system scheme put in place where reported sightings get immediately uploaded to police website which can be viewed by parents also parents who register for such a scheme will receive a text warning that a predator has been sighted within their area zone. It's time for ALL our MPs to man up and force a law change which will allow such a scheme. shaft
  • Score: 16

3:20pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Huey says...

They should be fitted with electronic trackers so cops know where they are all the time.
These are dangerous people. The public could be at risk.
They should be monitored at the whim of law enforcement agencies.
They should be fitted with electronic trackers so cops know where they are all the time. These are dangerous people. The public could be at risk. They should be monitored at the whim of law enforcement agencies. Huey
  • Score: 18

3:57pm Sat 8 Mar 14

High Treason says...

we-shall-see wrote:
A simple answer to this problem is - keep them locked up and away from society - or neuter them like dogs and cats before releasing them ..... extreme maybe, but it would help towards keeping our children and young women safer - and that is surely the most basic human right?

Being able to live in peace and safety is essential. Having predatory perverts walking the streets unchecked is too much of a risk to us all .....
"A simple answer to this problem is - keep them locked up and away from society - or neuter them like dogs and cats before releasing them"

I'm all for that but if they still offend just hang them. We waste to much money on such people and drug addicts. One chance and that's it.
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: A simple answer to this problem is - keep them locked up and away from society - or neuter them like dogs and cats before releasing them ..... extreme maybe, but it would help towards keeping our children and young women safer - and that is surely the most basic human right? Being able to live in peace and safety is essential. Having predatory perverts walking the streets unchecked is too much of a risk to us all .....[/p][/quote]"A simple answer to this problem is - keep them locked up and away from society - or neuter them like dogs and cats before releasing them" I'm all for that but if they still offend just hang them. We waste to much money on such people and drug addicts. One chance and that's it. High Treason
  • Score: 11

5:14pm Sat 8 Mar 14

seaviews says...

Dorset Police has refused to tell the Echo how dangerous any of these sex offenders are.

Why is it up to the police?
Dorset Police has refused to tell the Echo how dangerous any of these sex offenders are. Why is it up to the police? seaviews
  • Score: 8

5:56pm Sat 8 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

shaft wrote:
What is this county let alone country coming too when safety of our children is put at risk by letting these ANIMALS roam free. Each one should be identified and posted so parents can report sightings to places like kidscape.
We need a safety system scheme put in place where reported sightings get immediately uploaded to police website which can be viewed by parents also parents who register for such a scheme will receive a text warning that a predator has been sighted within their area zone. It's time for ALL our MPs to man up and force a law change which will allow such a scheme.
last time these offenders were identified in a campaign in the new of the world two innocent people lost their lives and many had to flee their homes
in the face on thugs attacking home and folk in the street. Is that what you want, to be scared every time your door bell rings ,, How do you know one of these offenders may have a similar name to yours.... or your .
I can imagine tonight around the camp fire under the arches talk will be " who are they" is it him is it you.. homeless drunk people don't have a very good record of social niceties...
[quote][p][bold]shaft[/bold] wrote: What is this county let alone country coming too when safety of our children is put at risk by letting these ANIMALS roam free. Each one should be identified and posted so parents can report sightings to places like kidscape. We need a safety system scheme put in place where reported sightings get immediately uploaded to police website which can be viewed by parents also parents who register for such a scheme will receive a text warning that a predator has been sighted within their area zone. It's time for ALL our MPs to man up and force a law change which will allow such a scheme.[/p][/quote]last time these offenders were identified in a campaign in the new of the world two innocent people lost their lives and many had to flee their homes in the face on thugs attacking home and folk in the street. Is that what you want, to be scared every time your door bell rings ,, How do you know one of these offenders may have a similar name to yours.... or your . I can imagine tonight around the camp fire under the arches talk will be " who are they" is it him is it you.. homeless drunk people don't have a very good record of social niceties... MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 2

6:33pm Sat 8 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

So if your kids,are attacked ,compromised,or approached by a know kiddy ddler.you can blame e police as they think it's an infringement of the human rights of a convicted child abuser .who sanctioned that ?
So if your kids,are attacked ,compromised,or approached by a know kiddy ddler.you can blame e police as they think it's an infringement of the human rights of a convicted child abuser .who sanctioned that ? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 2

7:27pm Sat 8 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
So if your kids,are attacked ,compromised,or approached by a know kiddy ddler.you can blame e police as they think it's an infringement of the human rights of a convicted child abuser .who sanctioned that ?
its a very difficult one this, you identify and cause mob rule, you keep stum and risk the wrath of Mr & Mrs Angry or Bournemouth. Another example of a british law rushed trough by a labour gov with little idea of how it will work in practice, running scarred of what The Daily Mail and News of the Word (rip) might say about thier glorious leaders who were in power at the time, and knowing darn well they will be on a warm beach when in a few years the brown stuff hits the fan ..... like now !!
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: So if your kids,are attacked ,compromised,or approached by a know kiddy ddler.you can blame e police as they think it's an infringement of the human rights of a convicted child abuser .who sanctioned that ?[/p][/quote]its a very difficult one this, you identify and cause mob rule, you keep stum and risk the wrath of Mr & Mrs Angry or Bournemouth. Another example of a british law rushed trough by a labour gov with little idea of how it will work in practice, running scarred of what The Daily Mail and News of the Word (rip) might say about thier glorious leaders who were in power at the time, and knowing darn well they will be on a warm beach when in a few years the brown stuff hits the fan ..... like now !! MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 2

7:49pm Sat 8 Mar 14

poolebabe says...

MotorbikeSam wrote:
shaft wrote:
What is this county let alone country coming too when safety of our children is put at risk by letting these ANIMALS roam free. Each one should be identified and posted so parents can report sightings to places like kidscape.
We need a safety system scheme put in place where reported sightings get immediately uploaded to police website which can be viewed by parents also parents who register for such a scheme will receive a text warning that a predator has been sighted within their area zone. It's time for ALL our MPs to man up and force a law change which will allow such a scheme.
last time these offenders were identified in a campaign in the new of the world two innocent people lost their lives and many had to flee their homes
in the face on thugs attacking home and folk in the street. Is that what you want, to be scared every time your door bell rings ,, How do you know one of these offenders may have a similar name to yours.... or your .
I can imagine tonight around the camp fire under the arches talk will be " who are they" is it him is it you.. homeless drunk people don't have a very good record of social niceties...
That's down to individual responsibility, and the gutter press. It shouldn't be their position to tell the public who's an offender anyway. Those on the sex offender register are on there for comitting despicable crimes, yet they are let out, free to Re offend, largely unchecked? They are out there, and the authority trusts the perverts enough to give them freedom, then they should put the same trust in the public, and tell who and where they are. Public safety and in particular, the safety of children should be number one priority.
[quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaft[/bold] wrote: What is this county let alone country coming too when safety of our children is put at risk by letting these ANIMALS roam free. Each one should be identified and posted so parents can report sightings to places like kidscape. We need a safety system scheme put in place where reported sightings get immediately uploaded to police website which can be viewed by parents also parents who register for such a scheme will receive a text warning that a predator has been sighted within their area zone. It's time for ALL our MPs to man up and force a law change which will allow such a scheme.[/p][/quote]last time these offenders were identified in a campaign in the new of the world two innocent people lost their lives and many had to flee their homes in the face on thugs attacking home and folk in the street. Is that what you want, to be scared every time your door bell rings ,, How do you know one of these offenders may have a similar name to yours.... or your . I can imagine tonight around the camp fire under the arches talk will be " who are they" is it him is it you.. homeless drunk people don't have a very good record of social niceties...[/p][/quote]That's down to individual responsibility, and the gutter press. It shouldn't be their position to tell the public who's an offender anyway. Those on the sex offender register are on there for comitting despicable crimes, yet they are let out, free to Re offend, largely unchecked? They are out there, and the authority trusts the perverts enough to give them freedom, then they should put the same trust in the public, and tell who and where they are. Public safety and in particular, the safety of children should be number one priority. poolebabe
  • Score: 0

8:02am Sun 9 Mar 14

sunny1966 says...

yet again this stinks of cover up and incompetency. if the truth was known dorset police have completely lost contact with those sets of sex offenders roaming dorsets streets ready to choose their next victims. quite easy, what are the risk levels, 1, 2 or 3 how on earth is this going to give the dirty scum away. echo I think you have only just scraped the surface, and for once if followed through you will have a story that is for once in the interest of the dorset public I can see dorset police and the other agencies involved ending up like the corrupt met police. come clean dorset police and mappa stop treating the dorset public like idiots, freedom of information is only free when the likes of you and this government see fit
yet again this stinks of cover up and incompetency. if the truth was known dorset police have completely lost contact with those sets of sex offenders roaming dorsets streets ready to choose their next victims. quite easy, what are the risk levels, 1, 2 or 3 how on earth is this going to give the dirty scum away. echo I think you have only just scraped the surface, and for once if followed through you will have a story that is for once in the interest of the dorset public I can see dorset police and the other agencies involved ending up like the corrupt met police. come clean dorset police and mappa stop treating the dorset public like idiots, freedom of information is only free when the likes of you and this government see fit sunny1966
  • Score: 2

9:42am Sun 9 Mar 14

RM says...

Just love the way the police are so concerned about the rights of these perverts (not 'suspects' but convicted criminals) but s** the rights of the kids at risk from them.
Surely any of them who attempt to evade detection by not complying with the rules about providing an address/reporting to the police should be sent straight back to jail once they are caught? A special type of jail where they are forced to work for their keep -factories? farming? without any hope of freedom ever again.
Just love the way the police are so concerned about the rights of these perverts (not 'suspects' but convicted criminals) but s** the rights of the kids at risk from them. Surely any of them who attempt to evade detection by not complying with the rules about providing an address/reporting to the police should be sent straight back to jail once they are caught? A special type of jail where they are forced to work for their keep -factories? farming? without any hope of freedom ever again. RM
  • Score: 1

2:04pm Sun 9 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

RM wrote:
Just love the way the police are so concerned about the rights of these perverts (not 'suspects' but convicted criminals) but s** the rights of the kids at risk from them.
Surely any of them who attempt to evade detection by not complying with the rules about providing an address/reporting to the police should be sent straight back to jail once they are caught? A special type of jail where they are forced to work for their keep -factories? farming? without any hope of freedom ever again.
i think you will find the police only one agenda that is To Uphold the Law regardless.. that is their job and when you tell them to forget that and decide which person is worthy of the laws protection that is when mob rule take over and we become a 3rd world country. What good the sex offenders registers does is beyond me, they have to present themselves at a police station one a year and or when they move addresses. its not as thou the cops are following them for all intent and purpose they are free men and women.. so why bother..
[quote][p][bold]RM[/bold] wrote: Just love the way the police are so concerned about the rights of these perverts (not 'suspects' but convicted criminals) but s** the rights of the kids at risk from them. Surely any of them who attempt to evade detection by not complying with the rules about providing an address/reporting to the police should be sent straight back to jail once they are caught? A special type of jail where they are forced to work for their keep -factories? farming? without any hope of freedom ever again.[/p][/quote]i think you will find the police only one agenda that is To Uphold the Law regardless.. that is their job and when you tell them to forget that and decide which person is worthy of the laws protection that is when mob rule take over and we become a 3rd world country. What good the sex offenders registers does is beyond me, they have to present themselves at a police station one a year and or when they move addresses. its not as thou the cops are following them for all intent and purpose they are free men and women.. so why bother.. MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 2

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