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10 March 2015, 06:27
New figures out this morning have revealed there's ten registered sex offenders who've gone missing in Cambridgeshire.
The figures have been gathered following a Freedom of Information Request.
Cambridgeshire Police said 10 registered sex offenders were wanted because their whereabouts were unknown. They have been missing for between two and eight years.
Almost 400 of convicted sex offenders have gone missing across the UK, police have revealed.
391 registered sex offenders are wanted because their whereabouts are unknown, including some who have been missing for more than a decade.
One convicted sex offender in Gloucestershire has been missing since the year 2000, another in Northumbria disappeared in May 2002, while Humberside Police said the whereabouts of one registered sex offender had been unknown since September 2004.
Registered sex offenders - including rapists and paedophiles - are required to inform police and probation officers of their addresses and are supposed to be monitored by officials working under Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).
But in Freedom of Information responses to the Press Association, 38 forces revealed there were missing registered sex offenders in their areas in February or early March.
They stressed the figures could change as arrests are made or new cases come to light.
Every force to respond to the Press Association refused to name those missing over concerns of vigilante attacks or because the information was exempt under data protection laws.
The Metropolitan Police, the UK's largest force, said 167 registered sex offenders were wanted in London alone, including one offender who had been missing for 14 years.
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said London's "diverse multicultural population'' meant a large percentage of sex offenders were "either known or believed to be living abroad having returned to their country of origin.''
West Midlands Police said 39 registered sex offenders were missing, including one since 2006 and nine between 2010 and 2012.
Greater Manchester Police said 25 registered sex offenders were missing, including one who disappeared in September 2005 and three others who went missing in 2006.
Essex and Sussex Police each said 11 registered sex offenders were missing in their force areas.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said three sex offenders were "currently wanted'' but refused to say when the offenders went missing.
The force said it refused to disclose the names of those missing as the information may be "valuable'' for "criminal/ terrorist/ vigilante groups who may attempt an attack on them and/ or their families.''
Police Scotland said none of the 4,775 registered sex offenders in the country were missing as of February 16.