19th April 2018

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East Kilbride and Avondale are home to 41 sex offenders

East Kilbride and Avondale is home to nearly a quarter of South Lanarkshire’s sex offenders. Police Scotland figures obtained by the East Kilbride News under the Freedom of Information Act show that, as of March 20, there were 35 convicted paedophiles, rapists and sex attackers resident in East Kilbride and a further six in Avondale. The sex offenders register contains the details of anyone convicted, cautioned or released from prison for a sexual offence against children or adults since September 1997. There are 188 perverts on the register in the whole of South Lanarkshire meaning East Kilbride and Avondale houses almost one in four sex offenders (22 per cent).


What is the value of the illegal drugs market in Scotland?

It was a bold claim heard by thousands of listeners on the BBC’s flagship morning news show. “We are the drugs market of Europe,” Labour MP David Lammy told the Today programme earlier this month. The member for Tottenham said the UK’s illegal drugs market was worth £11bn, with London at its centre. That figure was based on a National Crime Agency report which estimated the cost to the UK of trafficking as £10.7 billion per year. However, that amount referred to the overall cost to taxpayer from court cases, NHS treatments, and crimes committed by addicts.


Crime rates eight times higher in areas of Scotland with the most alcohol outlets, study finds

Crime rates across Scotland can be up to eight times higher in areas most saturated with pubs and off-sales, according to new research. Researchers also found that death rates were up to five times higher in some areas where drink was most easily accessible. The findings, in a study carried out by Alcohol Focus Scotland with academics from Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities have led to renewed calls for licensing boards to ban new approvals in the areas with the biggest concentrations of pubs and off licences.


Domestic abuse rehabilitation scheme expanded across Scotland

Areas across Scotland could benefit from a “ground-breaking” domestic abuse initiative following a £2.8 million funding injection. From Tuesday (April 17), local authorities have been able to apply for a share of the budget to support their roll out of the ‘Caledonian System’ – a court-mandated initiative to rehabilitate male domestic violence perpetrators. More than 1,200 men are thought to have participated in the project since 2011, while it has offered support to 1,230 women over the same period. The Scottish government claims domestic abuse levels remain “unacceptably high” and hopes more council areas will now start using the rehabilitation programme. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said attitudes towards domestic violence in Scotland need to change. “The Caledonian System has been running in parts of Scotland and the evidence indicates that men who completed the programme posed a lower risk to partners, children and others by the end of the programme. Women also reported that they felt safer,” he added.


Crime levels found to increase in areas with more pubs

Crime rates are four times higher in areas with the most pubs and shops selling alcohol, a study has found. Alcohol Focus Scotland said alcohol-related death and injury rates are also higher in neighbourhoods with the most alcohol outlets. The charity carried out a study with the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) at the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. It examined information for 6976 neighbourhood areas across the whole of Scotland and found crime rates were more than four-times higher in areas with the most alcohol outlets compared to those with the least. Alcohol-related death and injury rates were both around double in neighbourhoods with the most outlets.



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