FIGURES show the numbers of sex offenders living in the county is on the increase.
Latest figures from March 31, 2009 show there were 639 registered sex offenders in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington, 25 more than the previous year.
This represents a rise of 4.07% and is similar to the previous year’s rise, reflecting the greater numbers of people made to sign the sexual offenders’ register for life.
Sexual offenders in the region are managed through Multi- Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) involving police, probation and the prison service, working together with key partners in health and social services to identify, assess and manage violent and sexual offenders.
Sexual offenders are required to notify the police of their name, address and other personal details and notify any subsequent changes in their circumstances.
A Freedom of Information request shows there are currently four registered sex offenders who have been missing for between one month and nine years.
There are also 176 ‘violent’ and other offenders living in Cheshire – a decrease of 11 on the previous year.
The MAPPA annual report states: “Making our communities safer through effective Public Protection
Arrangements remains our highest priority. This is why the work undertaken through MAPPA is critically important.
“It is never possible to eliminate risk entirely, however, what can be expected is that all reasonable steps are taken to reduce the risk of serious harm to the public from known offenders.”