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Underwear stealers now sex-offenders

Underwear thieves would now be considered akin to culprits involved in rape, sexual assault and kidnapping for sexual motives.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2006 18:46 IST

People with a fetish for stealing underwear from clothes lines better watch out, for the UK Government has decide to place them on the Sex Offender Register.

At present while crimes such as rape, sexual assaults and child pornography can land a criminal on the register, kidnapping, even with an apparently sexual motive, leaves the police and courts helpless to act.

With the government now adding underwear thieves to the list, officials are hoping to make society safer, as they believe that the fetish that drives underwear thieves may lead to more serious offence in the future, reports the Daily Mail.

The law comes on the heels of the case involving 52-year-old Terry Delaney, who was sentenced to four years in jail for trying to kidnap teenager Natalie Hick from a bus stop in York.

Despite the judge describing Delaney as a “serious risk to children”, police could not add him on the register after his release.

Offenders who find themselves on the list must keep in contact with the police and tell the authorities when they move house.

There are nearly 30,000 offenders currently on the UK’s Sex Offender Register.

First Published: Dec 20, 2006 19:06 IST