Blackpool top of sex offenders list

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A report into how the most serious offenders are dealt with after leaving prison shows there are more than 1,500 known sex offenders in Lancashire.

The report by the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) shows a snapshot of March 31 this year, when 1,542 registered sex offenders were being monitored and aided by the police, probation service and the prison service in the county.

And there are more sex offenders in Blackpool than other areas in Lancashire.

That’s according to Det Supt Neil Esseen, chairman of the MAPPA Strategic Management Board.

Det Supt Esseen told The Gazette: “We’re only talking slightly more, maybe 30 or so.

“People might think 1,500 registered sex offenders is a lot, but those are people who we know about and are being actively and effectively managed.”

MAPPA also looks at ways to manage violent people in society.

On March 31 there were 886 such people being monitored in Lancashire. It’s a rise on last year, when 628 violent offenders came under MAPPA, and 1,416 registered sex offenders were being helped by its services.

This year there were 15 people classed as dangerous offenders who showed a risk of harm to themselves or others – a reduction on last year’s 21.

Police say they are monitored in the community by the police, probation and prison service to ensure they do not get into further trouble.

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