Broughty man charged with endangering police

Dundee Sheriff Court

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A man appeared in court on Friday accused of putting police officers at danger when he found himself stranded at sea near Broughty Castle.

Richard Hughes faces a charge of culpable and reckless conduct on Tuesday, April 12.

Prosecutors say he walked on to rocks on the shore near Broughty Castle, Dundee, and allowed himself to become cut off from the shore by the tide.

He is then alleged to have failed to comply with instructions of police and jumped into the sea, causing officers to have to wade into the water to his rescue and, in doing so, exposing the officers to danger of injury.

A major rescue operation was launched around 7.45am on April 12, when reports were received that a man had become stranded on rocks near the castle.

Police, the Coastguard, an ambulance and Broughty Ferry’s lifeboat were all called in to help.

The temperature at the time was around 4 degrees Celsius.

Hughes entered no plea to a summary complaint alleging one charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

His solicitor, Scott Norrie, said: “We are taking a plea to the relevance of this charge.

“I must say that from discussions about the charge with colleagues I’m still struggling to understand how this is a relevant charge.”

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC said: “It is a quite unusual charge.”

She fixed a debate hearing in May.