Drunken disturbance at Galashiels garage leads to unpaid work order for 44-year-old

A 44-year-old man responsible for a drunken disturbance at a Galashiels petrol station at 8.40am has been ordered to carry out 40 hours’ unpaid work.

The Adam Purves filling station in Wilderhaugh in Galashiels.
The Adam Purves filling station in Wilderhaugh in Galashiels.

George Martin, of King Street in Galashiels, pleaded guilty to shouting and swearing and making offensive remarks at the Adam Purves garage in Wilderhaugh on September 30.

Selkirk Sheriff Court heard he was asked to leave the garage’s shop because of his behaviour but became aggressive, swore at staff and tried to get behind the checkout counter, leading to the police being called.

Defence lawyer Colin Severin said his client was not in a position to pay a fine and is currently carrying out 120 hours of unpaid work for similar offences at other Galashiels shops.

He said: “He was intoxicated at the time and has been struggling with alcohol and depression.

“While he does not remember doing this, neither does he deny it.

“He regrets his actions and is suitably contrite.”