Newham has the most sex offenders in London, report shows
PUBLISHED: 10:06 02 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:24 02 November 2016
There are more registered sex offenders in the borough than anywhere else in London, new figures show.
Newham came top of the 2015–16 list compiled by the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangement – which is composed of the National Probation Service, Prison Service and police – with 385 offenders.
Registered sexual offenders are those that must notify the police of their name and address or potentially face five years in jail.
In response to the figures, which were released on Thursday, children’s charity NSPCC said it was concerned that the number of registered offenders had risen 73 per cent in ten years.
“It’s good that more of these individuals are being put on the list of registered sex offenders but it’s worrying that this is such a prolific problem, as many of these offenders will be paedophiles,” an NSPCC spokeswoman said.
“These latest figures mean that nearly one in every 1,000 people in England and Wales is on the register.”
She added: “A trend towards more survivors of sex abuse being willing to come forward is encouraging. But there is no room for complacency and it is important to report signs of sexual abuse when they occur.”
The London borough with the next highest number of offenders is Lewisham, with 368 people registered.
The City of London has the lowest – 5 – while Newham’s neighbour Tower Hamlets has 233.
Barking and Dagenham has 186, Redbridge 221, Waltham Forest 225 and Hackney 289.
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