Tayside and Central Scotland

Man accused of putting police at risk by jumping into sea

A man has appeared in court accused of putting police officers at danger after jumping into the sea.

Richard Hughes faces a charge of culpable and reckless conduct over the alleged incident near Broughty Castle, Dundee on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say he walked on to rocks and allowed himself to become cut off from the shore by the tide.

He is then alleged to have failed to comply with instructions of police and jumped into the sea.

It is alleged that this exposed the officers who waded into the water to his rescue to danger of injury.

Mr Hughes entered no plea to a summary complaint alleging one charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

His solicitor, Scott Norrie, said: "I must say, that from discussions about the charge with colleagues. I'm still struggling to understand how this is a relevant charge."

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC fixed a debate hearing for next month, adding: "It is a quite unusual charge."

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