Vlogger ‘had no evidence’ for Govanhill child abuse claims

Claims about the Glasgow neighbourhood were widely shared online last month.

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Police: Chief inspector Janie Thomson-Goldie said no one had come forward with information.

Social media allegations about child sexual exploitation in Govanhill have “no substance”, a local police chief has said.

Claims about the southside neighbourhood were widely shared last month, but chief inspector Janie Thomson-Goldie, area commander for Greater Glasgow South East, revealed “nobody has come forward” with information.

She told the council’s Southside Central area partnership that officers from various Police Scotland departments have been working in Govanhill to “ascertain if there was any truth” to the live streams.

The man behind the viral videos has been questioned regarding a different matter, the chief inspector said.

“There has been nothing at all,” she added. “No one has come forward and people have to come forward to ourselves.

“There’s no point standing chatting about it, if you see something please come forward, report it to ourselves or any of our partners.”

A minimum of four officers per shift have been patrolling the area.

“We have spoken with the gentleman,” CI Thomson-Goldie said. 

“He came forward with no information other than what he alleged on the live streaming.

“Any information he gave, we would have gone to the individuals’ homes to question them with regards to that. There was nothing at all, there was no substance.

“We have got what we call intel officers within the area, just linking in with various groups.

“We do have a lot of people out there who make a living off Facebook, Twitter and all these different things.

“There’s been nothing at all to substantiate all the allegations that he made across that course of nine or ten different video clips.”

Councillor Mhairi Hunter, who had asked for an update on the allegations, said: “I think that’s what we all suspected but obviously you’ve got to always take these things very, very seriously.”

The chief inspector said she would get back to the partnership if the situation changed.

By local democracy reporter Drew Sandelands