At least 64 convicted dangerous sex offenders are on the run in the UK after breaking their licence conditions after being let out of jail early.
The fugitives, who include paedophiles are all being hunted for recall to prison for breaching their strict release rules, Mail Online reports.
Among them are a criminal, 40, described as a ‘risk to women and children’, who groomed a teenage girl on Facebook for four years before sexually assaulting her. Another convicted of sexual activity with a child had only been free for less than a month before he vanished.
They are among 2,130 criminals currently unreturned to custody who should now be behind bars.
On the run: convicted child sex offenders Daniel Joslin, 40, (left) and Paul Hope, 38, (right)
The Met Police are currently hunting Daniel Joslin, 40, who they describe as ‘a risk to young women and girls’ after he vanished in Rugby, Warks, following his release.
Joslin was jailed in 2012 for grooming a teenage girl on Facebook for four years before sexually assaulting her. He is wanted for failing to comply with a Registered Sex Offender notification after his release from prison in May.
Joslin is a white male, 6ft 1ins tall, of slim build, and is known to use a number of aliases.
Lancashire Police officers are searching for Paul Hope, 38, who was jailed for 32 months in 2010 after being convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.
Detectives say Hope, who has links to Preston, was freed from prison on May 9 and has since gone missing.
Following his release, he was ordered to attend a police station as part of the terms of his release, but failed to show. He disappeared before after breaching the notification requirements of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
Back in April, he was jailed for a week at Preston Magistrates’ Court after he failed to comply with his supervision order.
According to Mail Online, Licences let prisoners on fixed sentences be freed, often halfway through their terms, but subject to certain conditions. Sex offenders frequently have extra rules added including banning contact with children or internet use and a requirement to notify the authorities where they are.