Paedo shock

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Res­i­dents of a quiet Cam­bus­lang street have been left hor­ri­fied to dis­cover they have been stay­ing next to a pae­dophile.

Sick An­drew Bais­ley, of Fraser Street, was last week jailed for two years af­ter he was found with more than 45,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

Res­i­dents of a quiet cul-de-sac in Cam­bus­lang ex­pressed ut­ter dis­be­lief that a pae­dophile was liv­ing in an area with many young fam­i­lies.

Last week An­drew Bais­ley was jailed for two years af­ter he was found with more than 45,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

The 37-year-old trad­ing stan­dards of­fi­cer de­nied down­load­ing child pornog­ra­phy de­spite po­lice find­ing a vile haul at his Fraser Street flat.

He claimed he mis­tak­enly or­dered some on­line, be­liev­ing it was gay porn and that “ac­quain­tances” left pieces of hard­ware with the filth at his house.

But a search found a lap­top and hard­ware with 45,725 im­ages of chil­dren, rang­ing from the low­est to the high­est level of se­ri­ous­ness.

Af­ter a trial at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court the jury re­jected his ver­sion and con­victed him of down­load­ing and pos­sess­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren be­tween 2003 and 2014.

Sher­iff Joseph Platt sen­tenced Bais­ley to two years in prison and put him on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for 10 years.

Speak­ing to the Re­former days af­ter Bais­ley’s sen­tenc­ing, his neigh­bours said it was a close-knit com­mu­nity but they were not able to pic­ture him.

They said the sin­gle block of flats in the cul-de-sac had seen a high turnover in the past two years.

One res­i­dent, who did not want to be named, said: “We are so sur­prised be­cause this is a nice wee es­tate. We are so shocked that some­one like this was within our midst.

“Es­pe­cially with the amount of kids here, that’s wor­ry­ing.

“We have never been in con­tact with any­thing like that and to have some­thing like this hap­pen is dis­tress­ing.

“We have grand­chil­dren and we also brought up our own two chil­dren here. We have been here for 18 years and there has al­ways been chil­dren run­ning about here.

“Go­ing back a few years we had as many as 22 chil­dren un­der the age of 16 in this es­tate.”

Anne Cameron has lived in Fraser Street since the new homes were built al­most 20 years ago.

She said: “There has been a high turnover in the past few years in the flats but his name rings a bell. “That has shocked me. It’s ter­ri­ble. “My kids are 24 and 21 and to think some­one has been stay­ing there that you don’t know if they have been pho­tograph­ing chil­dren out play­ing.”

A third neigh­bour who did not want to be named was hor­ri­fied to learn of Bais­ley’s con­vic­tion, say­ing a num­ber of res­i­dents’ worked in child­care and were well ed­u­cated on child pro­tec­tion.

She said: “This is a re­ally nice street to live in and ev­ery­one is so kind. Ev­ery­one is re­ally good with the chil­dren in the street.”

Bais­ley or­dered il­le­gal child im­ages from a com­pany in Canada, us­ing his credit card which sparked a probe.

Po­lice went to his house where they took two hard drives, a USB pen drive and a lap­top.

He al­leged he was very un­lucky when mem­bers of his Gam­blers Anony­mous group came back to his house af­ter a meet­ing and left items of hard­ware be­hind.

It was said on his be­half that Bais­ley main­tains his in­no­cence and has lost his job as a re­sult of the con­vic­tion.

We are so shocked that some­one like this was within our midst. That’s wor­ry­ing.

Fam­ily homes Fraser Street in Cam­bus­lang

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