Hundreds of reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers in county

An­nual agency re­port re­veals pro­file of man­aged felons

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Ste­fanie McCourt

More than 400 reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers were liv­ing in La­nark­shire last year.

The lat­est fig­ures, from the an­nual Multi Agency Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Ar­range­ments (MAPPA) re­port, show there were 450 sex of­fend­ers be­ing man­aged over both North and South La­nark­shire.

MAPPA is a joint sys­tem to man­age risks posed by of­fend­ers, with in­put from coun­cils, Po­lice Scot­land, the NHS and the Scot­tish Prison Ser­vice.

The re­port pro­vides a snap-shot of statis­tics re­lat­ing to sex of­fend­ers at lib­erty in the county on March 31, 2017.

The doc­u­men­ta­tion shows that 18 reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers in La­nark­shire broke the no­ti­fi­ca­tion rules be­tween April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017.

Nine of­fend­ers were re­turned to cus­tody over the year for breach­ing their con­di­tions.

Of the 450 liv­ing in the county, 446 were male, and four fe­male.

One is recorded as be­ing un­der the age of 18, while there was 14 aged be­tween 18 and 21, 37 be­tween 22 and 25, and 40 aged 26 to 30.

The largest age group of reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers in La­nark­shire was aged be­tween 31 and 40, with 96 liv­ing in the area. There was 92 aged be­tween 41 and 50, 95 aged from 51 to 60, 43 be­tween 61 and 70, and 32 older than 70.

Al­though on the snapshot date of March 31, 2017, there were 450 reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers in La­nark­shire, the MAPPA re­port also revealed that the num­ber of sex of­fend­ers they man­aged in to­tal be­tween April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017, was 711.

Liam Pur­die, chair of MAPPA, said: “MAPPA brings to­gether part­ners in­clud­ing Po­lice Scot­land, North and South La­nark­shire coun­cils, NHS La­nark­shire, the Scot­tish Prison Ser­vice and other agen­cies to man­age reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers ei­ther in the com­mu­nity or in cus­tody.

“These agen­cies work in part­ner­ship to en­sure that the as­sess­ment and man­age­ment of risk is un­der­taken with all reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers. This is to man­age and re­duce risk of fur­ther re­of­fend­ing and to en­sure pub­lic safety.”

Coun­cil­lors on North La­nark­shire’s So­cial Work sub-com­mit­tee were pre­sented with the an­nual re­port on Tues­day.

Shock­ing Fig­ures on the num­ber of sex of­fend­ers in La­nark­shire were dis­cussed this week

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