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Foreign sex offenders move to city; Offenders will be monitored say police.

TWO foreign sex offenders have moved to Coventry after being released from jail abroad.

They were placed on the sex offenders' register when police here found out about their pasts.

The first man to move to Coventry was convicted of sexual offences against children in Finland and moved to the UK after serving his prison sentence.

The second man, also now in Coventry, was convicted of serious sexual offences in Latvia, and emigrated after serving his sentence.

After discovering the details of the men's criminal pasts, West Midlands Police successfully applied for court orders to allow them to place restrictions on the pair's movements by placing them on the national sex offenders' register.

Using the Sexual Offences Act 2003, the force applied to magistrates for a notification order.

This places those currently living in England and Wales, previously convicted of a sexual offence in another country, on the sex offenders' register.

Once on the register, individuals have to register change of names or address, foreign holidays and are actively and intrusively managed by West Midlands Police's public protection teams.

The police had been told about the offenders moving to the UK by the Home Office.

A third man, living in Birmingham, has also been made subject to a notification order, after a further application by West Midlands Police.

He was convicted of sex offences against a child in Southern Ireland but moved to the West Midlands after serving his sentence.

West Midlands Police applied to Birmingham and Coventry Magistrates Courts to gain the notification orders.

Detective Superintendent Bob Mills, senior investigation manager for the force's public protection unit, said: "We have applied for these notification orders to ensure that we are pro-actively managing anyone who may present a risk to our communities.

"We want the community to be reassured that if there are offenders living within the West Midlands force area who have been convicted of relevant offences abroad, they will be monitored in the same way as registered sex offenders who have committed offences in this country.

"West Midlands Police are committed to protecting the public, and will take whatever steps we can to ensure that children and adults are safeguarded."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 3, 2010
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