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Release terms are breached 62 times

Dangerous offenders were reported for breaching their release terms on more than 60 occasions in Northern Ireland last year.

Sex attackers categorised at mid to high risk of committing further offences were suspected of breaking the conditions of court imposed sexual prevention orders on 19 occasions.

An additional 43 suspected breaches of probation terms were committed by violent category two and three offenders.

The 62 total reported breaches compares with 35 failures to comply with terms among all managed offenders in the previous year.

There are currently around 1,400 sexual or violent offenders, or individuals otherwise considered dangerous, being managed by Public Protection Arrangements Northern Ireland (PPANI), according to figures released in its annual report.

The police and probation board are among the statutory agencies which work together in the PPANI framework to manage offenders.

At the launch of the PPANI report, PSNI superintendent Alister Wallace explained developments in framework over the last year.

“The report highlights recent developments including the fact that from April 2010, convictions for domestic violence offences can result in risk management within PPANI arrangements,” he said.

“A social worker was appointed to the joint public protection team (PPT) in January 2011 and a memorandum of cooperation was agreed with faith and worship groups to ensure better cooperation and information sharing about sex offenders.

“These developments increase our ability to protect the public and more effectively manage offenders.”

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