Dumbarton and the Vale combined has less registered sex offenders living in the area than nearby Clydebank.

As of the end of June, a total of 20 sex offenders were living in the G82 postcode, which covers Dumbarton, Cardross, Milton and Renton.

The G83 postcode, which includes Balloch, Alexandria, Bonhill and Gartocharn and stretches up the west coast of Loch Lomond, had 14.

The statistics provided by Police Scotland following a Freedom of Information request also showed that 37 registered sex offenders were living in Clydebank’s G81 postcode.

G60 which covers Bowling and Old Kilpatrick had three.

Registered sex offenders are managed in the community under the MAPPA process (Multi Agency Public protection Arrangement) which brings together the police, local authorities, Scottish Prison Service (SPS) and health boards.

Together, they assess and monitor those who pose a risk to the public.

Detective Inspector Phil Peacock from Clydebank Police Office told the Reporter: “At such (MAPPA) meetings individuals are discussed and risk assessment tools are used to identify the level of risk an individual poses to the public.

“Risk management plans are produced to minimise these risks. The agencies required to manage an individual in the community is dependent on the identified risks and their individual needs and circumstances. Those agencies will normality include the police, criminal justice, social work and the local housing department, but can also involve, children and families social work, addiction services and mental health services.

“There are specialised officers working within the Offender Management Unit whose sole duty is the management of registered sex offenders in the community.