Police provide figures for Journal and Gazette patch
Following a recent Freedom of Information request to Police Scotland, the Journal and Gazette can reveal there are 10 people living locally who are listed on the sex offenders’ register.
We requested the information amid concerns raised by our readers as to exactly how many people are living in the community who have been convicted of a sex offence.
After a wait of four weeks, the information was provided.
There are 10 individuals living in Bo’ness, Linlithgow and South Queensferry who are currently subject to an order imposed by a court requiring them to ‘sign in’ at a local police station.
A registered sex offender is someone who is required to register with the police in terms of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
The Act covers crimes and offences ranging from abuses of trust, crimes against children, indecent images or exposure, prostitution and trafficking, as well as public sex offences.
When we requested that the figures be broken down into our individual readership areas, this request was refused.
Police Scotland told us that in doing so, they had concerns there was potential for identification of those listed on the register.
It is feared this, in turn, could lead to vigilantism in the community.