A 22-year-old man who admitted two thefts from gardens in Selkirk has been placed on a home night time curfew for the next 80 days at the town's sheriff court.

Haydn Hughes, 22, of Shawburn Road, Selkirk, pleaded guilty to stealing a scooter and a swing from a house in Roberts Avenue, and a garden chair from a property in Chapel Street on June 10.

Graham Fraser, prosecuting, said the value of the scooter was £146 while the swing cost £400.

He explained that at about 1pm a neighbour heard a noise and looked out the window to see the accused carrying a chair above his head and into the health centre car park.

Mr Fraser said: "The lady realised one of her garden chairs had gone missing"

He then said Hiughes advertised the items of his Facebook page for sale.

The woman got a friend to go along and view it and he denied they had been stolen.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme said his client was from Wales and had been doing well abstaining from alcohol but started drinking when a friend visited.

He commented: "These items were taken from their front gardens. He was very apologetic."

Hughes will need to stay in his home between the hours of 9pm and am for the next 80 days.