A GALASHIELS man found in circumstances which inferred he intended to commit theft has been fined £200 at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Forty-six-year-old Edward Hannah pleaded guilty to the offence which happened in Duke Street, Galashiels, on July 6 last year.

Alison Atkins, prosecuting, said: "A witness became aware when a neighbour's security light came on. She saw the accused fiddling with a lock on a garden shed and then handling the windows. He was there for about 10 minutes before walking away and the police were contacted."

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said: "He was under the influence of valium."

In addition to the fine, Hannah was ordered to pay a £10 Victim Surcharge.