Sky News has discovered that hundreds of sex offenders are disguising their identities through a process that takes 15 minutes online.
More than 900 sex offenders have disappeared off the police radar and its feared many of them may have changed their name by deed poll.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “We are determined to prevent serious criminals from hiding their pasts and will not tolerate sex offenders trying to evade the justice system.
“Sex offenders who fail to tell police of a name change already face tough prison sentences.
“We are working with the Courts and DBS to ensure measures are strengthened and continuously reviewed in order to protect the public.”
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