North East MSP Alex Johnstone has called for tough action over the number of sex crimes reported in Angus.
The total number of reported sexual crimes in Angus has increased substantially over the last year according to the latest figures from Police Scotland.
A police report reveals the number of reported rape crimes increased from 14 to 46 – a 136.8 per cent rise. Lewd and libidinous incidents increased by 225 per cent in the past year.
Scottish Conservatives said they are very concerned at the figures and called on Police to consider a more localised strategy to tackle the problem.
Mr Johnstone said: “This rise is hugely concerning for communities in the Angus area. While it’s possible to say the figures show more victims are coming forward, that does not provide a full enough explanation.
“These figures would also seem to suggest criminals are becoming bolder and more willing to commit crimes of a sexual nature and this is to be deplored.
“Local policing priorities across Angus must be considered a priority and question marks remain over whether they are being met. Tough action is needed to stop the increase in sexual crimes and I’m sure the Police will look at ways to tackle the issue.”