Press wins law change victory

The Press in York has won a historic victory in its campaign to protect children from kidnappers.

An amendment to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 that formally came into force on Monday means that child abductors will now be placed on the Sex Offenders Register and are able to have restriction orders placed on them.

The law change means that kidnappers will be banned from working with children and will be excluded from certain areas such as playgrounds or parks. The breakthrough comes after eight months of campaigning in the wake of a case at York Crown Court which had exposed a loophole in the law.

A man who tried to abduct Strensall teenager Natalie Hick, Terry Delaney, was jailed for four years.

In November, Change It! was named campaign of the year at the Yorkshire Press Awards and it is shortlisted for a Newspaper Society award.

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