Missing sex offenders are wanted by police

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FOUR registered sex offenders are wanted by police after their whereabouts became unknown.

The registered sex offenders, from Hampshire, are joined by 392 others who are wanted across the country.

The figures were revealed by a Freedom of Information request, with 38 other police forces saying they had missing registered sex offenders in their areas in February or early March.

They added the figures could change as arrests are made.

But the NSPCC said the figures on missing sex offenders were alarming.

Jon Brown, the charity’s lead for tackling sexual abuse, said: ‘About half of those on the register are offenders who have raped or sexually assaulted children, or committed online child abuse image offences.

‘However, most just receive one police visit a year after they have been released from prison.

‘The monitoring of registered sex offenders in communities needs urgent attention by the government to ensure it is fit for purpose.’

Hampshire Constabulary confirmed the whereabouts of four sex offenders were unknown but refused to say when they went missing.