Twenty four per cent of county’s sex of­fend­ers live in the lo­cal area

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang con­tinue to house 24 per cent of the county’s sex of­fend­ers - de­spite hav­ing 19 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion.

We can re­veal the fig­ures fol­low­ing a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest lodged with Po­lice Scot­land.

As of June 30 there were 24 reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers at lib­erty in Cam­bus­lang, and the same num­ber at lib­erty in Ruther­glen. This means that the two towns have 48 of the 194 reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers liv­ing in South La­nark­shire.

At the end of June last year, there were 25 reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers cur­rently at lib­erty in Ruther­glen, and a fur­ther 22 in Cam­bus­lang. And there were 173 liv­ing in South La­nark­shire - mean­ing the county has seen a rise of 12 per cent of sex of­fend­ers liv­ing in the area.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy said the au­thor­ity had to house sex of­fend­ers in ar­eas where they are not orig­i­nally from:“The fig­ures are dis­turb­ing but the coun­cil are un­der a le­gal obli­ga­tion to house sex of­fend­ers. Once they are re­leased from prison or from the court the coun­cil have got to house them some­where - that is the leg­is­la­tion.

“There will be sex of­fend­ers from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang who are housed in other ar­eas of South La­nark­shire.”

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesper­son said: “Po­lice Scot­land works in part­ner­ship with a num­ber of agen­cies through MAPPA to en­sure that all Reg­is­tered Sex Of­fend­ers are ro­bustly man­aged within the com­mu­nity. Our pri­or­ity as Po­lice Scot­land, work­ing in part­ner­ship with other or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in public pro­tec­tion, is public safety.”

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly said: “This is al­ways an is­sue of sig­nif­i­cant con­cern for lo­cal res­i­dents and these fig­ures again demon­strate the need for author­i­ties to be vig­i­lant and en­sure public safety is a clear pri­or­ity. There are var­i­ous agen­cies in­volved with cases like this, in­clud­ing the po­lice and NHS, and they all must en­sure proper and strin­gent su­per­vi­sion pro­ce­dures are in place to mon­i­tor each case.”

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