South Yorkshire sex offenders win right to have names taken off register

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Seven sex offenders in South Yorkshire have successfully applied to have their details removed from the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Under Home Office rules criminals placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely can apply for their cases to be reviewed and their details to be removed.

Between January and September this year seven offenders applied and won the right for their names to be taken off the list.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, South Yorkshire Police revealed the charges on which six were originally convicted – rape, raping a girl under 16, attempted rape of a girl and three indecent assaults.

In 2012 five offenders had their details removed.

They had convictions for gross indecency with a girl, indecent assault and three rapes.

The force revealed some reasons for removing the sex offenders from the register.

One complied with all requirements imposed on his release from prison more than 10 years ago and reports suggest he ‘no longer presents a risk of reoffending’.

The force said it would be ‘disproportionate’ and ‘contrary to his human rights’ to keep his details on the register.

One offender who was once deemed to pose a ‘significant risk to the public has also been removed.

The force said his offence was committed more than 20 years ago and he had been subject to a number of ‘unannounced’ home visits over the years and had never been caught reoffending.

Another offender said to ‘recognise the heartache and disgrace’ caused by his offending has also been removed from the register.

He has completed an intensive offender treatment programme.