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Forres teenager broke curfew with Elgin night out

By Ali Morrison

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Elgin Sheriff Court.
Elgin Sheriff Court.

A teenager who was out in Elgin town centre was warned twice that he needed to get home before he broke his curfew.

The police first came across Thomas Stewart as he was drinking with relatives in the Victoria Bar at 6pm on February 8.

Officers reminded the 18-year-old that his night-time curfew imposed by the courts was set to start in an hour.

The police then repeated this warning when they bumped into Stewart again at 6.30pm in the White Horse.

Elgin Sheriff Court heard that the teenager tried to get a taxi, but failed.

Instead he was identified on CCTV walking upon the Plainstones at 9pm.

Stewart also pleaded guilty to breaking his curfew on a different night.

At 7.15pm on April 17 the police were called to a disturbance at Lossie Cottages in Elgin.

On arrival they spotted Stewart who matched the description they had been given.

The police van pulled up, however an officer was initially prevented from getting out of the vehicle by Stewart who leaned on the door.

Sheriff David Harvie expressed disappointment that Stewart's older relatives had encouraged him to stay out rather than obey the curfew.

The teenager, who address was given as Grant Drive, Forres, was placed under the court's supervision for the next year.

He was also ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work for the community within the next three months.

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