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Nine sex offenders are missing in Wales, admit police

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Police in Wales have lost track of nine sex offenders.

Four of those missing are in the South Wales Police force area, two in Gwent, two in North Wales and one on Dyfed-Powys' patch.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that the 396 sex offenders in the UK are at large.

All 39 police forces responding to the FOI request refused to name those missing, partly over concerns of vigilante attacks.

Registered sex offenders are required to inform the authorities of their addresses so they can be monitored.

The NSPCC described the figures as "alarming" and said its own research had found there was just one police staff member responsible for every 50 registered sex offenders.

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