Plans to restrict the movement of convicted paedophiles on their release from prison and to allow local authorities...
Plans to restrict the movement of convicted paedophiles on their release from prison and to allow local authorities to apply for court orders if they were concerned about a sex offender in their area, are included in a consultation paper issued by the Scottish Office, The Guardian (p9) reports.
Proposals include community protection orders to allow the courts to order named sex offenders to keep away from from areas such as playgrounds and schools.
The proposals plug a loophole in the law which means only sex offenders released since 1 September have to register their name and address with the police. The community protection orders carry a penalty of up to five years in jail and unlimited fines.
The Times (P1) reported that home secretary Jack Straw plans to extend the curbs to the rest of the UK in the next few weeks. Police officers and local authorities could apply for the order.