A 40-YEAR-OLD man who attempted to communicate indecently with an underage girl has been placed on supervision for two years as an alternative to custody.

Michael Reid was also given a night-time curfew at his home in Ramsay Road, Hawick, between the hours of 9pm and 7am for three months and his name placed on the Sex Offenders Register for two years. 

He encouraged the girl in a series of messages to carry out a sex act and repeatedly requested she send him naked images of herself.

Reid had been found guilty after a trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court of committing the offence at a house in Grieve Avenue, Jedburgh, in September 2022.