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Man fined for lying on railway track in Nairn

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Image caption Police were called to Nairn High Street shortly after the incident, where Fraser was shouting at passers by

A man has been fined £400 for lying down on tracks at Nairn train station.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard Liam Fraser, 25, a landscaper from Nairn was seen entering the station just after 1600 GMT on 24 December 2010.

Depute fiscal Karen Smith said Fraser seemed to be under the influence of alcohol.

The court heard that he got onto the railway line and he lay down so his legs were in the middle of the track and his torso was over the tracks.

He stayed there for 10 seconds then got back up and climbed on to the platform.

The fiscal said police were called to Nairn High Street shortly after the incident, where Fraser was shouting at passers by.

He obstructed officers as they tried to arrest him and refused to get into the police van.

Defence lawyer Ken Ferguson told the court his client could only explain his presence at the station, as being a short cut home.

He added that the 25-year-old believed he slipped on ice at the platform and fell onto the tracks.

Mr Ferguson told the court his client had finished work early and went drinking with colleagues to celebrate Christmas.

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