UK Police refuse to name 2,000 suspects at large over sex crimes

Published on 12th January 2020 by Lucas

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Police refuse to name 2,000 suspects at large over sex crimes as it could breach their rights.

What about the victims right to get justice?
The British police are supposed the keep the people safe, but all they seem to do lately is to protect pedophiles.

The primary job of the British police is NOT to protect the people but to prosecute them.

 

Atricle by the Mirror

Of the 1,757 identified as being wanted in connection with crimes including rape, ­trafficking and selling children for sex, police felt able to name only five.

The identity of up to 2,000 sex offence suspects who are still at large is being kept from the public – because of fears over privacy rules.

Of the 1,757 identified as being wanted in connection with crimes including rape, ­trafficking and selling children for sex, police felt able to name only five. A third of forces failed even to reveal the number of sex suspects for whom they have no known whereabouts.

We asked the UK’s 45 territorial police forces to give us the names, ages and pictures of the missing suspects, under freedom of information laws.

We hoped our readers might be able to help track some of them down, so that courts could bring closure for victims – or clear the names of those wrongly accused.

Only two-thirds of forces responded to our request.

And of the 1,757 known to be on the wanted list, just three forces revealed the identities of any of those they were seeking.

They named five suspects between them – out of 41 who they want to trace.

Most chose not to release names at all, even though some alleged offenders have been at large for nearly a decade.

And although they do not have to give a reason, some told us names were withheld for fear of breaking data or privacy laws.

Toni Vitale, partner and head of data protection at JMW Solicitors, said: “Public bodies are not required to identify any third parties – regardless of what they have done, or are suspected to have done.”

But he stressed that while the law lets public bodies such as the police withhold details, “it does not always prohibit them from releasing the information”.

Mr Vitale explained that cops have to rule on the “fairness, lawfulness and necessity” in order to decide whether to hand over names of suspects.

The Human Rights Act, which also protects privacy, says names can be released by public bodies if they are a danger, or to prevent crime.

Some of the raft of alleged crimes covered by our investigation go as far back as 1965.

At least 152 are wanted over rape inquiries, although some forces did not break down numbers by individual crime.

Among them is Peter Keith Jones, who was convicted in his absence of raping a child. He failed to appear for the hearing at Mold Crown Court in 2017.

He was sentenced to four and a half years, more than 45 years after the attack in Llandudno, North Wales. Three years later, 66-year-old Jones is still at large.

North Wales Police also named one other missing suspect, from a total of 23.

Maclear Dilla, 40, was convicted at the same court last year of five counts of sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to nine years, but had fled to Malawi – one of 98 suspects thought to be abroad.

Cheshire Police told us two of their seven missing suspects.

Tony Michael McDonagh is wanted in connection with a rape three years ago.

And Shofik Miah, believed to be in his 50s, is wanted in connection with the indecent assault of a child in Winsford in 2012. In Dyfed-Powys, where 11 are missing, the force named only Abdulsamda Ahmed Raza, 32. He has been wanted since 2012 for questioning in connection with the abuse of two teenagers in Llanelli, Dyfed.

The Home Office told us: “Those suspected of involvement in sexual offences are circulated on the police national computer, with robust measures to ensure suspects are found quickly.

“Nothing in law prevents forces from sharing the names or images of suspects if it is considered to be in the interest of public safety. This is a decision for individual forces.”