According to a SKY news investigation the number of convicted sex offenders whose whereabouts are unknown is 485, a jump of more than 20% in the last three years. Sky wrote to police forces across the UK and asked them to reveal the number of registered sex offenders whose whereabouts were unknown on the 17th of January this year. The forces were also asked when each of the sex offenders went "missing" and to provide their names and convictions. No police force would share the names of those on the missing list, citing data protection law as the reason. How the hell could this happen? How could police forces lose track of so many convicted sex offenders? Oh and four forces, including the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), ignored the SKY News Freedom Of Information request, so the total number of sex offenders whose whereabouts are unknown is likely to be higher. 

Sex offenders are required by law to register their address and other key details so that the police know where they are at all times. There were a total of 55,236 registered sex offenders living in England and Wales in 2016/17, according to a Ministry of Justice report published last October.
Rosalyn Boyce is a rape victim and campaigner. She is understandably horrified. She pulled no punches when speaking with Sky news; "This causes a great deal of distress for victims....our lives are at risk, that's what it comes down to. Rape is only the beginning, after that it is one long drop into hell...and if you have suffered at the hands of a sex attacker and then went through the aftermath of that, you would know what I am talking about."

So what's going on? Well put simply, this government has set about decimating the resources available to police forces across the country. This time last year, a report on effectiveness in policing by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), uncovered a range of disturbing and potentially dangerous practices that have arisen out of police forces’ approach to dealing with budget cuts. The report said that;

Some police staff are deliberately downgrading emergency calls in order to justify a slower response when there is a shortage of officers, while others are reclassifying high-risk domestic abuse victims to a lower level of concern. Police officers are being assigned to investigations that they are not qualified to conduct, the watchdog found, while forces are struggling to get to grips with the volume of wanted suspects, including murderers, rapists and violent offenders. 

Terrifying isn't it? The RA Show reported three years ago, that some police forces are so stretched that they have taken to cautioning, rather than arresting and charging men who have been found with indecent images of children on their computers. Sussex Police knocked on doors and told the offenders not to do it again but didn't arrest them. Imagine how the officers felt about that? Most police men and women are decent sorts who want to do their job properly, but years of cuts have led to these types of scenarios. It is classic Problem Reaction Solution. The destruction of the Police service (and the National Health Service) is a deliberate strategy, to make privatisation palatable to the masses, most of whom are blissfully unaware of what is happening, even though it is staring them in the face. As I write this, The Birmingham Mail is reporting that West Midlands Police chiefs have just unveiled a timetable for the closure of 24 police stations over the next six years. In the very near future your city will be policed by hired goons working for private corporations. Corporations are psychopathic entities, inherently anti-social and frequently criminal. They externalise their operating costs with no concern for the social or environmental consequences for those of us who live in the communities they inhabit. Their puppets in government are paving the way for check mate, that day when every public service has been sold to a private corporation. Who is going to stop them?

 

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Richie is the host of The Richie Allen Show and has enjoyed a long, and varied, broadcasting career.