Shocking figures reveal East Kilbride houses 34 convicted sex offenders

CONVICTED paedophiles, rapists and sex attackers at liberty in East Kilbride make up 17.5 per cent of South Lanarkshire’s registered sex offenders.

The number of sex offenders living in East Kilbride rises each year
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East Kilbride is home to more than one in every six sex offenders living in South Lanarkshire.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the News obtained figures from Police Scotland which show, as of June 30 this year, there are 34 convicted paedophiles, rapists and sex attackers resident in East Kilbride.

The total number of perverts on the Sex Offenders’ Register for South Lanarkshire is 194, meaning the town houses 17.5 per cent of the area’s sex offenders.

In neighbouring towns Rutherglen and Cambuslang there are a total of 48 resident sex offenders and 35 at liberty in Hamilton.

The number living within South Lanarkshire is up 12 per cent from last year – there were 173 in 2014.

There are currently 3796 registered sex offenders at liberty in Scotland.

Sex offenders are monitored in the community under the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) which involve the police service, local authorities, the NHS, Scottish Prison Service and other partners.

They are monitored and managed depending on the level of risk they pose to the public.

South Lanarkshire Council leader Eddie McAvoy said the authority have to house sex offenders in areas where they are not originally from. He said: “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.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland 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.”

Linda Fabiani MSP said:“This issue is obviously a significant concern for local residents. Although the number of sex offenders has increased across South Lanarkshire, I will be seeking assurances from the police at the next of our regular meetings to ensure that this rise is because of increased vigilance from all concerned, as well as police efforts in catching perpetrators.

“I am confident that our police and other agencies are working together effectively to manage the risk posed by sex offenders in our town.“The police and other agencies must therefore continue to do all they can to ensure the proper arrangements are in place to monitor each case.”

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