Number of sex offenders at North Sea Camp has doubled

HMP North Sea Camp, Freiston. EMN-140319-132541001
HMP North Sea Camp, Freiston. EMN-140319-132541001

The number of sex offenders at North Sea Camp has more than doubled in the last two years, making it the most common offence committed by inmates at the open prison.

The figures, obtained after a Freedom of Information request by The Standard, show that on December 31, 2013, there were 112 prisoners in the Freiston Shore prison for sexual offences, compared to 53 on January 24, 2012.

The current figure is 27.7 per cent of the total of 404 prisoners and compares to 14.4 per cent of the 367 inmates in 2012.

The second most common offence is ‘violence against the person’ at 107. This was recorded differently in 2012,

Third most common is drugs related offences at 61 compared to the previous figure of 39.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said safeguards are in place to ensure criminals at the open prison did not commit offences against members of the community within Boston and the prison itself.

They said: “We have a zero tolerance approach to violence in all our prisons and we take the responsibility of keeping prisoners, staff, visitors and the local community safe extremely seriously.

“We have systems in place to deal with perpetrators quickly and robustly, with serious incidents referred to the police for prosecution.

“Temporary licences were addressed in a recent report announced earlier this month to tighten rules about who is eligible for the scheme.”

In terms of the figures released to The Standard the spokesman argued that the ‘rise reflects the national picture of more sexual offenders being sentenced’ and pointed to stats which showed the percentage of people receiving a prison sentence for sexual offences went up from 57 per cent in September 2011, to 60 per cent in September 2013.

However, figures sent to The Standard by the Ministry of Justice to prove the rise actually show fewer people have been convicted of sexual offences between 2011-2013 dropping from 6,066 to 5,612.

Even with a higher proportion of those now receiving a custodial sentence for their crimes, this still means fewer sex offenders have been sentenced across the country.

This leaves the huge rise in the number of such offenders now being held at North Sea Camp unexplained.

The average length of custodial sentence handed down to those committing sexual offences has increased from 53 months in 2011 to 56 months in 2013.

The figures in full:

North Sea Camp prisoner numbers per offence committed released by the Ministry of Justice after a Freedom of information request

Number of prisoners by offence as of December 31, 2013:

Violence against the person: 107, Sexual offences: 112, robbery: 35, burglary: 18, theft and handling: 7, fraud and forgery: 8, drug offences: 61, motoring offences: 1, other offences: 55.

Number of prisoners by offence as at January 24, 2012:

Arson/Arson with Intent/Conspire to commit: 16, Burglary/Aggravated Burglary/Conspiracy to commit: 19, Robbery/Conspire to Rob/Attempted Robbery/Assault with intent to Rob: 45, Theft: 4, Death by Dangerous or Reckless driving: 7, Dangerous Driving: 2, Drink-Driving: 2, Kidnapping/Conspiracy to Kidnap/Abduction: 4, False Imprisonment: 2, Harassment: 1, Manslaughter: 12, Murder/Attempted Murder: 66, Rape/Attempted Rape: 28, Buggery: 3, Sexual Assault: 6, Sexual Activity or Sexual Assault/Offences involving children: 12, Trespass with intent to commit sexual offence: 1, Indecent Photographs: 1, Wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm (inc Attempting): 33, Grievous Bodily Harm/Grievous Bodily Harm with intent: 20, Assault occasioning actual bodily harm: 3, Using threatening behaviour: 1, Common Assault: 2, Possession of firearms with intent to endanger life: 7, Having firearm or offensive weapon in public: 5, Possession/Supply/Importing/Conspiracy to supply or Production of drugs: 39, Trafficking persons: 2, Other Immigration Offences: 2, Blackmail: 1, Fraud/Conspiracy to Defraud/Deception: 11, Tax Evasion: 7, Attempting to pervert the course of justice: 2, Other Miscellaneous offences: 11.

Inset is our front page from February 8 2012 when we reveleaed the offences of the prisoners as of January 2012.