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An 86-year-old man is to face trial on charges alleging he failed to pay for board and lodgings worth PS250 and behaved in a threatening manner at premises in Langholm.

Donald Peaty, said to be of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty to obtaining board and lodging at premises in the town between February 15 and 23 without paying or intending not to pay and refusing or failing to leave on being requested by a police officer.

He also denied resisting officers and tensing his body in a bid to resist being arrested.Trial at Dumfries Sheriff Court has been set for June.

| A motorist forced an oncoming lorry and a vehicle he was overtaking both to brake to allow him to squeeze back into his own side of the road and avoid a collision.

And the incident was seen by police who were on a roadside speed check and they followed and caught up with 77-yearold Kenneth Dobson and he was charged with careless driving.

But a solicitor said that Dobson, from Barrow, who had been heading with his wife to visit her sister in Dumfries and Galloway, was beginning to overtake when he saw the police at the roadside with the speed camera. And he said that when Dobson saw the camera he hesitated to check his speed and then carried on with the manoeuvre and didn't think there was any problem.

Dobson admitted a charge of careless driving which had been reduced from dangerous driving by overtaking when it was unsafe to do so and causing others to take evasive action.

He was fined PS360 and had five points endorsed on his licence.

| A PS400 fine was imposed at Dumfries Sheriff Court on a 53-year-old motorist who was caught driving while banned on the M74 near Lockerbie.

Mahboob Sadar, from Walsall, admitted committing the offence on February 22 and also pleaded guilty to using a car without insurance.

| A 42-year-old man who was found in possession of cocaine and cannabis, has been fined PS440 at Dumfries Sheriff Court. Kevin Austin of Hillview Avenue, Dumfries, admitted committing the offence at his home last August.

The court was told that he had been using cocaine "recreationally"for some time.

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
Date:Mar 2, 2018
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