Hundreds of registered sex offenders have changed their identity to escape scrutiny by exploiting a loophole that places countless children at risk of serious harm, an investigation reveals.
The Times has been shown examples of convicted child sex abusers changing their name by deed poll, failing to inform the authorities and using their new identity to gain access to children.
In the most serious cases men barred for life from working with children used their new name to gain employment in schools and homes where they committed multiple further offences.
One, who worked as an au pair, was jailed last year after police in Belgium uncovered a paedophile ring with nine million child abuse images. Another is in custody in Spain suspected of abusing 36