Glasgow & West Scotland

Man charged with approaching children in Newmilns

A man has been charged with trying to lure children off the street and threatening to strip-search a boy.

Alan Gallagher, 23, allegedly approached two girls aged nine and 10, placed a puppy in their arms and asked them to go to his house.

Mr Gallagher denies two charges of breach of the peace, one of them sexually-aggravated.

He was freed on bail at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court and faces trial at a later date.

Mr Gallagher also faces a charge of approaching primary school children, claiming he was a policeman with a drugs-sniffer dog, and telling an 11-year-old boy he had been taking drugs and would have to strip-search him.

The offences were alleged to have taken place in Newmilns, Ayrshire, between March and June this year.