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New regulations for sex offenders

Sex offenders will now have to tell police when they are travelling off-Island.

It means forces in other countries will be able to track the movements of people on the register AND that we will be informed when sex offenders visit the Isle of Man.

The new restrictions came in on September 14.

Kate Skinner reports (audio file attached):

Sex offenders living here have received hand delivered letters informing them of the changes, which, if ignored, could lead to arrest.

They must now provide full details of their holiday itinerary, including the dates and points of entry at every country they plan to visit. The information will be lodged ideally seven days prior to departure, but a minimum of 24 hours.

The Manx force says it will provide details of their travel where appropriate, and although it can't stop them travelling, other juristictions can make a decision whether they are refused entry or not.

The regulations will be laid before Tynwald in October.

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