Monday, December 10, 2007

Britain's most wanted child sex offenders!

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The CEOP issued these photos of (left to right:) Alexander Colin Dalgleish, Gordon Stewart, Paul Turner, Joshua Karney and Kamil Krawiec, Britain's most wanted child sex offenders

By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor, and Sally Pook
Last Updated: 1:28am GMT 18/11/2006

Five of Britain’s most wanted child sex offenders are identified publicly today on a new website dedicated to finding them.

The move is unprecedented in that it is the first time details of convicted paedophiles have been published nationally.
The CEOP issued these photos of (left to right:) Alexander Colin Dalgleish, Gordon Stewart, Paul Turner, Joshua Karney and Kamil Krawiec, Britain's most wanted child sex offenders

Although their crimes are not being disclosed, photographs of the five men and their last known location are, with the consent of the police.

The five men named on the website are Alexander Colin Dalgleish, Gordon Stewart, Paul Turner (also known as Paul Francis or Geddes), Joshua Karney, who also goes by five other names, and Kamil Krawiec.

The site includes photographs, physical descriptions, additional information and a warning against vigilante action.

Dalgleish has connections to Merseyside and the West Midlands, Stewart to central, north and north west England and Scotland, Turner to the south coast, Karney to Lancashire but travels all over the UK, and Krawiec has links to Hackney and Earl’s Court in London and Birmingham.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre created the site at, to appeal for information about child sex offenders who have disappeared.

Jim Gamble, the head of the CEOP centre, said: "It is not about publishing details of all sex offenders as this could drive a large number of compliant offenders away from effective management programmes.

"What we want to do is maximise every available opportunity to locate those offenders who are missing to protect children, young people and communities."

He added: "The public must report sightings so the police can take appropriate action. Vigilante activity will be robustly dealt with and is likely to result in arrest."

They are not men wanted over unsolved crimes, but offenders who have already served punishment but since gone missing after failing to comply with legal restrictions on their movements.

Breaching these so-called “notification requirements” - which are conditions of their placement on the sex offenders register - is an arrestable offence punishable with up to five years in prison.

Fear that people would take the law into their own hands was the principal reason why the Home Office refused to introduce a public notification system — the Sarah's Law demanded by campaigners.

The law is named after Sarah Payne, who was murdered six years ago, and modelled on Megan's Law, a system that operates in America. It was established in the mid-1990s after Megan Kanka was killed by a paedophile who had moved close by without anyone knowing.

The Home Office and the police have long opposed the introduction of such a law, but over the summer, John Reid, the Home Secretary, signalled that he might bring one in. Supporters praised the apparent about-turn, but their hopes were dashed when the Government said it was instigating a "review" only.

The CEOP centre stressed that the website was not about “naming and shaming” offenders whose whereabouts are already known, but finding those who have gone missing and cannot be traced by the police.

The police already run a "most wanted" list on their Crimestoppers website which has received almost 40 million hits and led to 24 arrests since it went live a year ago.

It lists Britain's 10 most wanted criminals and carries appeals for information on others who are on the run.

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