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571 on the SEX offenders register in the Greater Glasgow area Print E-mail

Published 18th December 2014

Due to a recent case of an offender being housed in Barrhead by the council, NEWSLINE decided to make enquiries with Police Scotland regarding the true extent of the issue, namely how many known offenders are living in our area.

NEWSLINE discovered that the East Renfrewshire local authority area is covered by Greater Glasgow (G) Division of Police Scotland. Within G Division there is an Offender Management Unit which presently consists of 29 officers dedicated to managing offenders who are subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

This information was obtained via FOI.

This equates to approximately one police officer for every 20 registered offenders. If and when the officers leave the office they work in pairs, so that will increase the monitoring number to 40 per team.

Officers work an eight hour day and that then brings into question how much time they can devote to each offender. Certainly no surveillance, as these offender management officers are not trained in that art and that takes a team of at least 12 to undertake surveillance.

What monitoring of these offenders can in reality be undertaken by this team ?

Tom Taylor, Chair of NHW was asked for his comments and he said "One police officer dedicated to every twenty registered offenders in East Renfrewshire might sound a lot but it is not. They cannot possibly provide any positive monitoring of offenders.

Much more has to be done and whilst I would not wish to demonise offenders, they have to be differentiated from other criminals, it is estimated that around 25% go on to re-offend.

The bad news is that sexual predators live in most communities without our knowledge and that needs to change.

Electronic monitoring should be used at all times, and a national s-ex offender registry created that provides a single Web site where residents can find information about registered s-ex offenders.

Offenders seek trusted positions in the community which put them in contact with children, the public are the eyes and ears for the police and they require to know who these people are.

In addition every police officer in East Renfrewshire should be fully aware of every offender resident in their area, name, address, photograph etc.

Live in the community, be part of the community but do not think about re offending?

General election 2015 - Conservative candidate chosen for East Renfrewshire Print E-mail

Published 17th December 2014

David Montgomery has recently been chosen by the Conservative Party to contest the East Renfrewshire seat at the 2015 General Election.

Newsline understands that he currently resides in Dumbreck, Glasgow.

Mr Montgomery's history has been taken from his linkedIn profile.

I am currently Medical Director - Oncology for the UK and Republic of Ireland. In this capacity, I sit on a number of important UK committees and organisations, most notably as industry member for the national Cancer Drugs Fund (nCDF) and on the NCRI scientific meeting programme committee.

I am the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the East Renfrewshire constituency at the 2015 general election.

In addition to my professional experiences, I have completed the diploma in pharmaceutical medicine, hold membership of the faculty of pharmaceutical medicine (MFPM) and I am on the GMC Specialist Register with the specialty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

Prior to industry, I worked in the NHS as a junior doctor, junior surgical trainee, surgical research fellow and finally surgical registrar between 2001 and 2008. I passed the membership exam for the Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow and continue to hold the MRCS.

My specialist interest was in general surgery and I undertook my research in breast cancer, specifically looking at mechanisms of relapse detection and follow up. I have published extensively in this area, spoken at national and international meetings on the topic and continue to review papers on this subject for major medical journals.

I am a keen cyclist, with an interest in both road cycling and mountain biking. I also collect (and sometimes drink) wine, especially those of Australia and Bordeaux.

Specialties: Oncology, surgical oncology, pharmaceutical medicine



East Ren Tories have a new leadership team Print E-mail

Published 17th December 2014

The new leader of the Conservative group is Gordon McCaskill and his deputy is Stewart Miller.

They replace Gordon Wallace and Jim Swift who stood down recently.

Gordon McCaskill

Stewart Miller

Complaints against East Ren Councillors on the rise Print E-mail

Published 14th December 2014

Complaints to the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland concerning Councillors alleged conduct, appears to be on the increase. However decisions against the councillors remain low.


2010 Allegation against: Councillors Elaine Green and Alan Lafferty

Decision Not Guilty


2011 Allegation against: Councillor Mary Montague

Decision Guilty


2012 Allegation against: Councillor Ian McAlpine

Decision Not Guilty


2014 Allegation against: Councillor Jim Fletcher

Decision Not Guilty

2014 Allegation against: Councillor Kenny Hay

Decision Not Guilty

2014 Allegation against: Councillor Jim Fletcher

Decision Not Guilty

2014 Allegation against: Councillor Alastair Carmichael

Decision Not Guilty

2014 Allegation against: Councillor Danny Devlin

Decision Not Guilty

2014 Allegation against: Councillor Barbara Grant

Decision Guilty


2014 has seen an increase to six complaints against East Renfrewshire Councillors. 2010 /11 /12 saw only one each year, with none in 2013.


The full details of these cases can be accessed at

Do ERC have their very own Mystic Meg? Print E-mail

Published 11th December 2014


East Renfrewshire Council have a member of staff who apparently can predict the future.

On 5th December 2014 the PR section put out a statement on the council web site that said "The new Barrhead High School is now full steam ahead - after a new site was chosen for the replacement secondary. Work is set to start next year on a stunning new campus in Cowan Park. The site is next to the existing school, where the Johnny Kelly Pavilion is."

NEWSLINE understands that " A paper will go up to Council on the 17th December asking for approval to proceed."

We had asked of Louisa Mahon, Head of Press and Publicity how she could come by these facts but she has failed to answer.

Therefore we required to pursue this via an FOI request.

Under this legislation Ms Mahon requires to respond as soon as possible and in any case within 20 working days.

We would hope that she will be in a position to provide an answer soon.

Has this matter been pre judged or does a member of staff have a Crystal Ball, as even more astonishingly on the 11th December 2014 the agenda for the meeting being held on the 17th is not displayed on the council web site.

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