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Shocking Amount Of People On Sex Offenders Register In Lanarkshire
An investigation by a local newspaper shows there are a total of 428 perverts living across the county who were on the register on November 20.
The number of paedophiles, rapists and sex attackers on the Sex Offenders’ Register in North Lanarkshire has rocketed by 28 per cent over the past two years. And it has increased by 37 per cent over a four-year period to 428 from 312 in 2011.
A total of 249 people living across North Lanarkshire and 179 in South Lanarkshire were on the register on November 20, 2015.
The shocking data shows that there are 55 more perverts living in North Lanarkshire than two years ago when an investigation revealed that there were 194 on the Sex Offenders’ Register.
That is equivalent of at least one extra person being placed on the sex offenders’ register every fortnight over the past two years.
Data obtained by the Wishaw Press under the Freedom of Information Act shows there were 47 people in Wishaw on the Sex Offenders’ Register as of November 20.
That is an increase of 27 per cent compared to last year when there were 37 perverts in the town on the register.
And the number of perverts living in Shotts has shot up by 61 per cent to 21, compared to 13 in October 1, 2013.
But registered sex offenders in Motherwell is down from 44 in 2014 to 35 this year.
The papers investigation shows that 13 people living in Carluke are on the Sex Offenders’ Register.
Wishaw and Motherwell MSP John Pentland said: "We’ve always known that convictions were likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, and that in many ways the biggest problem was the number of sex offenders we didn’t know about – often not strangers, but relatives and other people in positions of trust.
"The high profile cases of recent years mean more victims have been given the confidence to come forward and identify their abusers, and there has been a greater number of successful convictions as a consequence. Another factor is the increase in internet-based cases where there have been major improvements in detection and legislative changes to tackle offences such as grooming and child pornography.
"So while I understand the concerns that people have about the increase in registered sex offenders in our communities, it is important to remember that many of these people have always been there, but we are better off with them on the register. Clearly public safety must be the priority, and knowing about them means that they can be carefully assessed to ensure appropriate action is taken to manage and monitor each offender. The register covers a wide range of offences, and monitoring by police and partners such as social work and housing will take account of the nature of the offence.
"Research suggests that many sex offences are still very under-reported. For example, rape victims are often reluctant to come forward because of the difficulties they face socially and in getting a conviction. But if victims do not come forward, the offenders will remain at liberty to strike again. The police have vastly improved how they deal with victims, and take forward their cases. I hope the increase in successful convictions will encourage more people to come forward to report their abusers."
Shotts MSP Alex Neil said: “It’s not clear if this increase is due to more people reporting sex crimes or because of an actual increase in the number of such crimes.
“If it is the former that is good news. But if it is because there are more sex crimes we need to take further action to prevent such crimes taking place. I think more research is urgently needed to get behind this figures. If we can get a better understanding of the reasons for this increase we will be in a better position to know what to do about it”
None of the sex offenders were on the run, according to the police.
But North Lanarkshire has two offenders who are considered to be wanted.
Both offenders are considered to be wanted as a result of them being subject to warrants and all enquiries to date suggest that they are both outwith the UK.
Sex offenders are managed 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.