October 2017

Child sex offender who was banned from working with kids dresses up in cape to give sleazy city ghost tours

A GUIDE who runs ghost walks for Halloween hid his past as a convicted child sex offender.

Alex Bulloch, 41, takes visitors on Glasgow Ghost Walk, a journey through the darker side of the city, with tales of ghosts, executions, plague, witchcraft.

But he has been using a fake name to conceal the fact that he is on the sex offenders’ register, and was jailed in 2009 for groping two 14-year-old girls in his ice cream van.

He uses the false name Alex McGlumphy on social media – a breach of Facebook’s own rules on sex offenders.

He also works as “Alex the DJ” using Facebook for bookings. And he even played a Police Scotland charity event after being convicted of sex offences.

Bulloch, wearing a top hat and cape, promises “spooktacular fun” in the run-up to Halloween on the late-night jaunts around the city.

He was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 18 months in jail for child sex offences.

When he was caged he was put on the sex offenders register until 2019 and banned from working with children.

Bulloch, from the village of New Stevenston in Lanarkshire, had been selling sweets and treats from an ice cream van around villages in North Lanarkshire when he admitted groping two 14-year-old girls who worked with him.

In 2009, Hamilton Sheriff Court heard, Bulloch developed an “unhealthy” infatuation with the girls just weeks after they started working with him.

He was eventually caught after one of the girl’s friends called her mum who called police.

Since being released from jail, brazen Bulloch has re-invented himself as a macabre guide to Glasgow’s “darker side” telling customers about “ghosts, executions, plagues, witchcraft and more.”

He uses Facebook to push his tours, but according to the platform’s own rules, convicted sex offenders are not allowed to use the site.

Bulloch also works as a part-time DJ with a company called DJ Hire Scotland, which says it provides discos, karaokes and race nights.

The website has recently been taken down but reviews on it included an organiser thanking “Alex and Team DI Hire Scotland” for “supporting the Police Scotland versus Staffordshire Police charity boxing match” which took place in 2014 to raise funds in the wake of the Clutha helicopter disaster.

We went on one of Bulloch’s £7.50 ghost walks last week where he told haunting stories – as well as making a number of sleazy jokes.

At one point, he revealed that inspecting a female body for moles, marks and defects was one technique for finding a witch in Glasgow.

Bulloch then pointed to one of the girls on the tour and said: “We’ll see if that’s true later.”

We approached Bulloch at his Motherwell home to ask him if using aliases was right for someone on the sex offenders’ register.

He said: “I couldn’t care less.”

Facebook said they were investigating the pages Bulloch used. Last night, his page had been removed.