AROUND 1,300 paedophiles and sex abusers changed their name in the past three years, a child charity claims.
And hundreds on the sex offenders register were even able to do so while in jail — for just £15 online.
Campaigners fear the “loophole”, uncovered via a Freedom of Information request, means paedos can “disappear” into society even though they must inform police of the switch.
Tory MP Robert Halfon has written to Justice Secretary Robert Buckland.
Emily Konstantis, of the Safeguarding Alliance, said: “We’re shocked at this, it is putting children at significant risk.”
“How many convicted sex offenders are currently working in schools or organisations where there are children and have notified a change of name?
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Emily added: “We believe this figure is higher because the numbers that were given to us – over 1,300 – had notified a change of name.
“The issue is how many have not notified a change of name.”
Safeguarding Alliance have called for regulatory bodies to monitor the service and deal with any change of name on a “case by case” basis.
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