Day of action to tackle travelling sex offenders

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Day of action to tackle travelling sex offenders

LANCASHIRE Constabulary is teaming up with the five other north west police forces, along with the UK Border Force, the National Borders Targeting Centre (NBTC), the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) to disrupt registered sex offenders who are travelling in and out of the country illegally.

Lancashire officers will be based at Manchester International Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport on Friday 25 October, stopping departing and arriving sex offenders who haven’t notified their local police force that they are travelling, as part of Operation Scorpion.

Those identified will be spoken to by officers and immediately arrested under Section 83 – Part 2 of the Sexual Offenders Act 2003.

When a registered sex offender travels abroad, they are required to alert their local police force under the conditions of the Act. This information is passed on and forms part of the visa requirements to enter countries across the world, and allows those countries to decide whether the individual is permitted to enter based on the offence the offender has committed.

Det Insp Paul Barlow said: “This day of action is about targeting offenders who should keep us informed with regards to any travelling they do.

“Despite strict rules being in place, sex offenders don’t always inform us about their plans to travel and this operation is about letting them know that we will found out if they are travelling abroad and we will arrest them.

“This is also about reassuring the public that we proactively target sex offenders who don’t comply with the rules and conditions that they have to abide by when travelling.

“We will continue to run the operation in the future so sex offenders be warned, you must alert us or your local police force when you are travelling or we will find you.”

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