North East PCC writes to Justice Secretary about 'concerns' over immigration bail

Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has written to the Justice Secretary about her 'significant concerns' over local arrangements for those on immigration bail. Vera Baird says the current system raises issues of public safety.

Northumbria PCC Vera Baird has written to the justice secretary Credit: Labour Party/PA

Ms Baird writes that police aren't routinely informed when a sex offender is in their area. The PCC has highlighted concerns raised locally by officers working with Northumbria's Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

It includes MAPPA not being notified that a registered sex offender had been housed in the area and concerns around the lack of information provided about bail conditions for individuals, meaning officers are not fully aware of a person’s background.

The PCC says the lack of responsibility for transport arrangements means those released on immigration bail are able to travel unescorted to their new address, a loophole which means they may not arrive in the area.