YEP Says (Nov 17): Should police name the missing sex offenders?

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How does one lose a registered sex offender? In fact, how does one lose 13?

There’s little doubt many will react with dismay (and alarm) that 13 registered sex offenders are currently missing from West Yorkshire.

Shouldn’t we be told who they are? Well, should we Leeds?

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West Yorkshire Police says it has a dedicated team working on bringing the offenders to justice but the figures - uncovered as part of the YEP’s Right to Know campaign - show one has been missing for nearly four years.

The police have refused to divulge the identities of the individuals concerned which must surely provoke consternation among many who would regard it as their right to know.

It’s a no-win balancing act, of course. On the one hand, releasing details of an individual would undoubtedly increase the likelihood of them being caught as members of the public would know exactly who they were looking for.

On the other hand, might it put the offender at risk of serious harm should the public choose to take matters into its own hands?

This challenging issue aside, the fact that the individuals have been ‘allowed’ to disappear in the first place is of huge concern.

No doubt greater pressure on police forces to do more and more with less and less funding is at the heart of the matter.

Since the year 2000, there have been 430 cases of sex offenders going missing across the county. It’s not good enough and does nothing to instil public confidence in how our services are dealing with this hugely challenging and complex matter.

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These amazing women are preparing to leave their families behind to bid to become the oldest female crew to successfully row the Atlantic to raise funds for the planned new Maggies cancer care centre in Leeds and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

We’d like to say (pardon the pun), that we think they’re simply oar-inspiring!

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