A CONVICTED rapist from the Borders has been struck off the care worker register.

Lincoln Thomson, of Kelso, was jailed for four-and-a-half years back in March after being found guilty of subjecting two sleeping women to assaults.

And last week the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) decided that Thomson’s convictions raised “serious concerns” about his “values and underlying attitudes”.

In a notice of the decision to remove Thomson from the register, an SSSC spokesperson said: “Your conduct and values are fundamentally incompatible with those expected of registered social service workers who are entrusted to safeguard and promote the welfare and wellbeing of the people they support.”

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The notice stated that the convictions were at the “very highest end” of the types the council considered.

The spokesperson added: “Behaviour of this nature falls far below the standards expected of registered social service workers and is fundamentally incompatible with the standards expected in a caring profession.

“Failure to take action to reaffirm the expected professional standards in this case would undermine the integrity of the SSSC’s register and damage public confidence and trust in the social services profession.”

Thomson had denied assaulting the women between 2010 and 2019 but was convicted on unanimous verdicts at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The SSSC notice came into effect on Thursday, October 27.