A GALASHIELS man who admitted behaving in a disorderly manner towards a 14-year-old girl has been ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Twenty-six-year-old Donald Forrest, of Dale Street, pleaded guilty to causing fear and alarm to the teenager at Douglas Bridge, Galashiels, between May 27 and May 28 by repeatedly approaching her, making comments about her appearance and clothing, taking hold of her personal property and inviting her to his home address.

Forrest admitted a charge of breach of the peace.

Fiona Hamilton, prosecuting, described how Forrest approached the girl and took a vaporiser out of her hand and he was saying to her how pretty she looked.

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She added that he invited her to his home address to get more vaporisers but she declined.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme said the first offender had suffered mental health problems in the past and had been spending most of his money on cannabis.

He added that when he was charged by police with the offence it was a wake up call for him.

Forrest was ordered to carry out 60 hours unpaid work as an alternative to a fine.