Nearly 50 high-risk offenders on the run

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Nearly 50 dangerous fugitives, including killers and child sex offenders, are on the run and cannot be named by officials.

The 47 high or very high-risk offenders are among almost 1,000 prisoners who have had their licences revoked and been recalled to jail, but have not returned, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures showed.

But officials refused to name them, citing operational reasons and data protection rules, and adding that it was for individual forces to decide whether to identify the wanted criminals.

The figures, released to The Sun following a request under freedom of information laws, show the dangerous offenders include two murderers, two child sex offenders, a rapist and 10 robbers.

An MoJ spokeswoman said: "We are reviewing the policy on releasing details of offenders at large.

"This Government is committed to transparency and there should be a presumption that such information is published unless the police object for specific operational reasons. Recapturing high- risk offenders will always be a priority."