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Sex Offender Numbers Double In The County
The number of registered sex offenders in Lanarkshire has more than doubled in six years.
The latest figures show there were 580 sex offenders being managed in Lanarkshire in 2014/15, compared to 275 in 2007/2008.
A report by the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) for South Lanarkshire Council’s social work resources committee also shows that 30 registered sex offenders in Lanarkshire broke the notification rules between April 2014 and March 2015.
Five registered sex offenders were returned to custody over the year for breaching their conditions.
The MAPPA report provided a snap-shot of the ages of registered sex offenders in Lanarkshire on March 31 last year.
One of the sex offenders being managed was under 18-years-old, while 11 were aged between 18 and 20.
However, the majority fell into older age categories.
There were 67 people aged between 21 and 31 and a further 86 aged between 31 and 40.
There were 96 registered sex offenders aged 41-50, with 90 aged between 51 and 60.
A further 49 were aged 61- 70 and 29 were aged between 71 and 80.
There were only two aged between 81 and 90.
Of the 431 sex offenders being managed on that date, only four were women.
Why has the number of offenders Increased over the past six years?
Harry Stevenson, executive director of South Lanarkshire social work, said it was simply down to more people being placed on the register after being convicted of a sexual offence.
He also said police and prosecutors are informed if any sex offenders breach their requirements under the register.
Mr Stevenson said: “This rise is due to an increase of offenders being made subject to sex offender notification requirements as a result of being convicted of a sexual offence by a court of law.
“A report is submitted by police to the procurator fiscal in relation to each registered sex offender who breaches their notification requirements.”