Figures obtained by Good Morning Britain have revealed dozens of sex offenders who have succeeded in getting themselves taken off the sex offenders register despite being put on it for life. In 2012 there was a change in the law which meant anyone given indefinite notification to remain on the register could appeal after 15 years.
Nationally, in the last 6 years over a thousand offenders whose offences were so serious they went to jail for at least 30 months succeeded in coming off the register - more than half had committed offences against children. Good Morning Britain put in a Freedom of Information request to police forces in the North West and got figures from Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.
Being on the register means you have to tell the police if you move, if you spend time with children, if you want to leave the country and are subject to home visits and computer searches.
83 offenders appealed to be removed from the register.
44 (55%) were successfully removed.
26 (59%) of those removed involved a victim under 16.
65 offenders appealed to be removed from the register.
45 (69%) were successfully removed, 33 (73%) of those removed involved a victim under 16.
Cumbria: 20 offenders appealed to be removed from the register. 17 (85%) were successfully removed. 11 (65%) of those removed involved a victim under 16.
Cheshire and Lancashire didn't respond to the Freedom of Information request.