Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Violent Offenders on London Streets Go Up by a Third

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Violent Offenders on London Streets Go Up by a Third

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Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM

THE number of violent offenders released from prison and under supervision in the capital has shot up by a third in one year, figures show today.

London Probation Service statistics also revealed that the number of sex offenders on the capital's streets has risen by six per cent and that nearly 40 people convicted of sex crimes abroad have since returned to live in London.

The report found that 30 of these violent or sex offenders are deemed so dangerous they require intensive monitoring including potential round-the-clock surveillance.

Despite this, the number of serious new offences by released convicts has fallen with only five such crimes committed last year by around 2,000 freed criminals under the highest level of supervision.

That compares with 79 serious further offences nationwide including rape and murder.

Today's statistics are in the annual report on London's Multi- Agency Public Protection Arrangements known as MAPPA under which freed offenders are monitored. …

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