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West Midlands Police: 39 registered sex offenders missing

The figures were obtained via a Freedom of Information request Photo: PA

39 registered sex offenders have gone missing from the West Midlands force area.

They included one who disappeared in 2006, nine offenders who went missing between 2010 and 2012, another nine who had been missing since 2013, 14 since 2014 and six since 2015.

Other forces from across the region responded to the Freedom of Information request:

  • Northamptonshire Police said nine registered sex offenders were missing, including one since 2008, one in 2011, three since 2012 and four in 2013.
  • Lincolnshire Police said the whereabouts of seven registered sex offenders were unknown. Two have been missing since 2006, two since 2009 and three since 2014.
  • Nottinghamshire Police said six registered sexual offenders were missing, including one since 2011, one since 2012, one since 2013 and three since 2014.
  • Warwickshire Police said six sex offenders were missing, including four who disappeared last year, one in 2011 and one in 2009.
  • West Mercia Police said six registered sex offenders were missing, including one whose whereabouts had been unknown for eight years. Another sex offender in the area had been missing for six years, one for four years, two went missing 18 months ago and another disappeared five months ago.
  • Derbyshire Constabulary said six registered sex offenders were wanted because their whereabouts were unknown from 2006 up to 2014.
  • Gloucestershire Constabulary said the whereabouts of three registered sex offenders were unknown, including one who went missing in 2000, one in 2007 and one in 2010.
  • Leicestershire Police said the whereabouts of two registered sex offenders were unknown, including one who went missing more than a year ago and another who had been missing for two months.
  • Staffordshire Police did not respond to the FOI request.

Forces which provided figures for February or early March said the information was "dynamic" and will change as arrests are made or new cases come to light through "proactive intelligence led policing or routine visits to registered offenders".