A dozen sex offenders call Formartine their ‘home’

FORMARTINE is home to 12 registered sex offenders, the Times has uncovered.

The Times investigated the issue through the Freedom of Information Act, which revealed the number - and crimes - of the individuals concerned, as of February 1.

At this juncture, it is unclear whether this is a higher or lower number than average for an area of this size.

Between them, the area’s offenders have a record including six convictions for lewd, indecent and libidinous practices, one for sexual intercourse with a female between 13 and 16, one for sexual assault of child under 13, one for public indecency, one for possession of indecent images of a child under 16, and two convictions of assault and rape.

A spokesperson for Grampian Police said that the offenders in question were subject to a rigorous supervision regime.

“Grampian Police has a statutory responsibility for managing risks presented by individual Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) within the Force area and each is monitoring according to their risk assessment. In most cases, staff in the offender management units visits offenders more often than the minimum requirements.

“The framework for managing such risks is provided by the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA), which involve the Police, Local Authorities, Scottish Prison Service, Health (known as the Responsible Authorities) and other partners.

“Protection of the community is always the priority, and all aspects are carefully considered at every stage of the process.”

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said that while the local authority does liaise with the police and courts system, its involvement with sex offenders is on an ad-hoc basis and depends on individual court rulings.

Scottish Government guidance on the treatment of RSOs outside prison states that: “Everyone in Scotland aged 16 or over has a legal right to be admitted to a housing list.

“Sex offenders will not be given special housing treatment merely because they are sex offenders. But, unusual arrangements may be made to house a particular offender when it is required as a matter of public safety.”