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T in the Park Deadmau5 flare-waver avoids jail term

Image caption Woodward admitted waving a flare during a set by Deadmau5

A festival-goer has avoided a jail term for endangering fans by waving a flare during a set by Canadian DJ Deadmau5 at this year's T in the Park.

Scott Woodward, 22, of Ashgrove, Dumfries, had admitted committing the offence in Balado on 10 July.

Sheriff Robert McCreadie said he accepted it was an "isolated incident in an otherwise unblemished life".

Woodward, who had been warned he could face jail, was instead ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work.

Sheriff McCreadie watched CCTV footage of the incident and told Woodward it could have had "very serious consequences".

"It was a very stupid thing to do but I have no reason to suppose it was planned by you in any way," he said.

"It is clear you became carried away.

"It was an impulsive act when you were handed the flare."

Perth Sheriff Court had previously heard that a message had been put on large screens at the event warning anyone lighting flares that they were liable to be prosecuted.

Fiscal depute John Malpass said the incident had occurred in a "heavily congested area of the crowd" and had caused "numerous persons" to move away.

Solicitor David Holmes, defending, said his client had learned his lesson.

"This man will never return to T in the Park," he said.

"Waving a flare like this is quite clearly culpable and reckless and stupid."

He claimed Woodward had climbed on a friend's shoulders because he was only 5ft 6in tall and had wanted to "get a better look at what was going on".

He said his client had been handed the flare and had been told to hang onto it which is what he had done.

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