Fears that Falkirk doctor is still a real danger

Leslie Mitchell, A&E doctor jailed for attempting to lure schoolgirls into his car
Leslie Mitchell, A&E doctor jailed for attempting to lure schoolgirls into his car

A victim of childhood abuse hit out at the decision to release a convicted paedophile doctor from jail.

The Parole Board for Scotland decided Leslie Mitchell should be freed, despite fears he is still a risk to children.

Mitchell (60) was an A&E doctor at Stirling Royal in January 2010 when he attempted to lure two schoolgirls, aged 10 and 11, into his car while it was parked in Carronshore.

His case was remitted to the High Court in Edinburgh after a sheriff ruled he didn’t have the powers to deal with the twisted doc.

In September 2010, Lord Hardie sentenced him to four years in prison, but also placed him on an order for lifelong restriction which allowed him to be kept in custody indefinitely.

Mitchell later told a social worker that he had a long term interest in young girls and revealed previous offending against victims of a similar age in England.

Despite this, and objections from the Scottish Government who would rather he was moved to an open prison, he was released from Saughton Prison and is now living in social housing in Bo’ness.

This week, one person who has lived with the consequences of childhood abuse for four decades, said they were stunned by the Parole Board’s decision.

They said: “I was shocked when I heard that he had been freed, despite the order for lifelong restriction. This is a dangerous, dangerous man who has the potential to cause serious harm to children.

“People need to be made aware that he is living locally again and of the risk he poses.

“Paedophiles are, in the main, intelligent people who are very manipulative.”

Police Scotland has previously said that all sex offenders are monitored in the community under MAPPA (Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements) which involve partnership working.