South Scotland

Lockerbie Gala Day bus trouble quelled by CS spray

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Image caption The court heard police boarded the bus to "calm things down" but ended up using CS spray

A court has heard how CS spray had to be used by police to quell a disturbance on a bus at the end of Lockerbie's gala day celebrations.

Officers boarded the service for Gretna to try to deal with a group of rowdy youths on board.

Stuart Mitchell, 21, and Gary Rosado, 20, both from Gretna, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Lee Sproat, 18, of Kirkpatrick-Fleming, pled guilty to shouting and swearing at police. Sentence was deferred.

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard how the bus for Gretna had been delayed towards the end of the Lockerbie celebrations in June.

'Calm things down'

Police boarded it to "calm things down" but one man started shouting and swearing and when officers tried to arrest him two others tried to stop them, prompting the use of the CS spray.

Fiscal depute Jennifer McGill said other people were panicking and trying to get off the bus as police were dealing with the incident and the scene became chaotic.

Sheriff John Halley told the trio that the circumstances were more serious than they appeared on the charges and deferred sentence for background reports to 12 November.

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