Rise in sex pests living in county

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The number of registered sex offenders living in Northamptonshire has increased by more than 100 over the last five years, new figures show.

The statistics, released in the annual report from Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA), show there are now a total of 492 registered sex offenders living in county, compared to 381 in 2007/08.

The vast majority, 484 in total, fall into the lowest Level 1 bracket. Seven fall under Level Two and one is in the most serious Level Three section.

There are a further 463 in the ‘violent offenders’ category.

A MAPPA spokesman said: “The protection of the public remains our highest priority; core agencies are committed to this goal and partnership working across the agencies is crucial in achieving this objective.

“We recognise that sexual and violent crimes have a devastating effect on victims, families and the wider community. We are aware that the public has every right to demand the very best provision we can offer.

“Securing and promoting local confidence is our core objective, embraced by each of the partners,” he added.

Denise Meylan, of Northamptonshire Probation Trust, said: “The report highlights how MAPPA has maintained consistently high standards to ensure resources are focused on the most dangerous offenders.”

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Lingley, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “This report and the partnership work undertaken under MAPPA continue to demonstrate real value, protecting our vulnerable communities and supporting the effective management of offenders back into the community.”