Sex offender files left on Brighton bus

Documents containing information on violent and registered sex offenders were left on a bus in Brighton by a Prison Service employee, police said.

Sussex Police said the file contained the cases of several people being managed by the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements.

It was reported missing on Tuesday by the prison employee.

A 32-year-old man who found the file handed it in to The Argus newspaper from where police recovered it.

A police spokesman said officers identified the bus involved when the incident was reported. CCTV revealed the documents had been picked up by the man, from Brighton.

He was arrested on suspicion of theft on Wednesday morning but said he had handed the documents to the newspaper.

No further action

"Police contacted the newspaper and made immediate arrangements to retrieve the documents, which they quickly returned after being asked," the spokesman said.

The arrested man was later released and no further action is being taken against him.

Sussex Police said they and the Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust were taking "active steps" to ensure the safety of people referred to in the documents.

Police are investigating how the documents came to be mislaid.

Nick Smart, Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust Chief Executive, said: "The Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (Mappa) are specifically to manage any risks posed by offenders.

"We take our responsibilities to keep people safe and the security of the information we hold very seriously.

"Mappa partners have already met to start a review of existing procedures to see whether there are any changes we could make to strengthen security even further."

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