A BARRHEAD man has appeared in court after allegations of indecent online communications with a child.

Stewart Henderson, 53, made no plea when he appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court on Monday facing charges under the Sexual Offences Scotland Act.

He was committed for further examination and released on bail. It’s understood the officers made the arrest after the man was targeted by a group of self styled “paedophile hunters”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman, said:"If you think someone may be abusing children, please contact the police rather than taking the law into your own hands. 

"Police Scotland is fully committed to the investigation of child abuse using all of its resources, nationally and locally, to protect Scotland’s children. 

"If you are concerned that children may be at risk or suspect someone may be abusing children then please call 999 if you think there is immediate threat, or 101.

"The Sex Offender Community Disclosure scheme is another way members of the public can raise concerns about an individual in a child’s life and application can ultimately lead to a disclosure to the parent or carer. 

"Application to this scheme is through the Police Scotland website where details are available of how to apply online."

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