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Sex ASBOs' Proposed For Paedophile Suspects

Under tough new powers proposed by the Government, police officers would be able to apply to magistrates to have a Sexual Risk Order imposed even if a criminal prosecution is not yet possible.

The revamped order is aimed at limiting the activities of people judged to be a risk, but who have not yet been charged with an offence.

They could have their internet use limited, be stopped from being alone with a child under 16 or prevented from going abroad.

The order would remain in place for at least two years and a breach would be punishable by up to five years in prison.

Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green said: "The UK has some of the toughest powers in the world to deal with sex offenders.

"Today, we are going even further by giving police and National Crime Agency officers the power to place greater restrictions on any person they judge to be a risk.

"Our proposals support the Childhood Lost campaign to tighten the law on sex offenders and make it easier for police to monitor them.

"This is part of on-going work by the Home Office led national group to look at how the police and other agencies can better identify and deal with sexual offending, ensuring victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system."

The proposals also include a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order which can be applied to anyone convicted or cautioned for a sexual or violent offence, including those committed overseas.

The order lasts a minimum of five years and has no maximum duration.

Individuals will be able to appeal and the police or the person concerned are able to apply for the order to be varied, renewed or discharged.

Ms Blackwood hailed the announcement as a victory for anyone who wanted to see child-sex crimes "driven from our communities".

"For too long, victims have been failed by those with a duty to protect them but this change is going to mean police can intervene earlier to protect victims of child sexual exploitation," she said.

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[Text © 2013 Sky News]