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Second Highland officer accused of abducting teenage girls

A second police officer has been accused of abducting two girls and taking them to a farm where they were made to stand without shoes in manure.

Previously, Constable Stuart Kelman, 29, was accused of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards the teenagers on 19 July last year.

In April, another Northern Constabulary officer Robert Ovenstone, 30, was accused of abducting the 15-year-olds.

Both officers now face the claim which involves girls from a children's home.

It has been alleged that the officers abducted the girls from the home in Invergordon, Easter Ross, and handcuffed them.

The officers have been accused of later removing the girls from a police vehicle and made them enter a barn at Balintraid Farm, Delny, and stand in manure without shoes.

The teenagers were also made to walk down a farm track in their stocking soles, it was claimed.

The case at Tain Sheriff Court will be called again on 1 June.

Northern Constabulary said two officers were suspended from duty pending the outcome of court proceedings.

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