Added by Freedom of Information Team on 21 April 2016 at 13:42
1• How many registered sex offenders were known to be ‘missing’ from your force area as of 19/02/2016?
2• How long has each one of them been missing for?
3• How many registered sex offenders have been reported missing since 12/02/2015?
4• What offences were they convicted of that resulted in them being placed on the sex offenders’ register?
5• Have any of these missing sex offenders ever been publicly named by your force in a bid to locate them? If so, please provide details of what was released to the public at the time.
6• Of those missing sex offenders, are any thought to still be in the United Kingdom? And are any of them still thought to be in the Avon and Somerset area?
7• Can you provide me with names and details of any of these missing registered sex offenders?
1. The whereabouts of five Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) are unknown.
2. The locations of two RSOs have been unknown since 2013, two since 2014 and one since 2010.
3. Due to the dynamic nature of the information recorded in our systems, we unable to provide historical information.
4. Please see the offences below:
5. In 2013 one individual featured on BBC "Crimewatch" as he had failed to appear at Crown Court. He was not an RSO when he went missing, he was convicted in his absence and became an RSO. He has not been located. The link to the relevant publication is no longer available.
6. We believe three of the individuals to be out of the UK. No other information is held. For those believed to be outside of the UK, the appropriate authorities have been notified.
7. The names of these individuals constitute personal information therefore the information is exempt. The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes. This also applies to the individual that has been previously been named outside the remit of the Freedom of Information act on the Crimewatch programme. It may be appropriate in certain circumstances to name individuals, but this is done on a case by case basis in a timely manner, this does not mean that their details will always be publically available.
FOI Ref: 296/16
Date of Request: 19.02.16