A LAW launched after the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne helped unmask up to 500 sex predators last year.
Sarah’s Law allows parents, carers and guardians to ask police if someone in contact with a child has a history of offending.
Sarah’s Law came in after eight-year-old Sarah Payne was murdered by Roy Whiting – who was already a convicted criminal[/caption]
It was used in 266 cases where offenders were identified last year, a Sun survey of police forces has found.
But the true figure is likely to be nearer 500 as 19 out of 43 forces, including two of the biggest, Greater Manchester and West Midlands, refused to respond.
David Spencer, research director at the Centre for Crime Prevention, said: “At a time when the rights of criminals are so often put ahead of those of the general public, the success of Sarah’s Law shows that sharing information with the public can help prevent crimes.
“The law is likely to have prevented dozens of horrific crimes and potentially saved the lives of many children.”
Sarah was snatched and killed by paedophile Roy Whiting in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex, in 2000.
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Her mother, Sara, led the campaign for a new law and the Child Sex Offenders Disclosure Scheme went nationwide in 2011.
Our figures show that Cleveland disclosed the most cases with 21, with Durham on 19, Suffolk on 18, and Derbyshire on 16.
Chief Constable Michelle Skeer, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on sex offenders management, said: “There is no doubt Sarah’s Law has resulted in more children being protected from potential abuse.”
Her mother Sara campaigned tirelessly for the introduction of the law which went nationwide in 2011[/caption]
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