17 year old Conor Bull walked free from court after admitting raping a 12 year old girl in Stranraer.
He raped the schoolgirl in December last year. At the High Court in Glasgow judge Lord Burns told Bull: "The public interest does not require a custodial sentence."
Instead Lord Burns ordered Bull to perform 101 hours unpaid work in the community.
A teenager who admitted raping a 12-year-old girl in South West Scotland has been spared a jail sentance. Conor Bull, 17, from Stranraer, raped the schoolgirl in December last year and later boasted of what he had done to a friend.
At the High Court in Glasgow judge Lord Burns told Bull: "The public interest does not require a custodial sentence." Instead Lord Burns ordered Bull to perform 101 hours unpaid work in the community.
Bull will also be under the supervision of a social worker for three years and attend a course designed to make sexual offenders realise the impact their actions have had on their victim and their family.
Historic artefacts which were discovered during construction work on the Dunragit bypass, near Stranraer, have been put on display in Edinburgh.
Transport Minister Keith Brown unveiled the finds at the National Museum of Scotland. Some date as far back as 7000 BC.
Evidence was also found of the earliest known Mesolithic settlement in the south west of Scotland. Some of the items on display include pottery, arrow heads and rare jewellery.
Police Scotland said some prescribed medication was stolen from a parked car in Stranraer early this morning. A holdall, clothing and a mobile phone were also taken during the theft in Bellevilla Road between 1:30am and 8am.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man entered the home of an 85-year-old woman in Stranraer without her permission. Officers say the woman was distressed but not injured during the incident. It happened at 9am on Saturday, March 22nd in the School Road area of the town.
Detectives from Police Scotland want to know the movements of a man described as white, wearing a dark jacket, grey hooded top, blue jeans and black trainers.
Police have issued a reminder to vulnerable people not to open their door to anyone who they do not know and who does not have any official identification visible. A 30 year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is being held in custody.
Plans for the regeneration of one of our poorer towns took a step forward today.
Dumfries and Galloway Council and Stena Line have now officially promoted Stranraer's East Pier as a site for development. It's part of the £2.4million redevelopment of the waterfront area.
The ferry terminal closed in 2011 as operations moved up to Cairnryan, but despite today's announcement people in Stranraer still have major concerns about the town's future.
Lori Carnochan was at the East Pier for us this afternoon.
Dumfries and Galloway's Winter Olympics medal winners are back in the UK tonight.
Watch their arrival at Heathrow this evening (pictures contain flash photography).
The south of Scotland is preparing to welcome home Curling silver medallist David Murdoch, from Lockerbie, and Bronze medallists Claire Hamilton and Anna Sloan, also from Lockerbie, and Vicki Adams from Stranraer.
The Team GB athletes touched down at Heathrow this evening and are expected to arrive at Edinburgh Airport at about 5.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday).
Police are investigating after a fire destroyed a shop in Dumfries and Galloway.
It happened at a store on Church Road in Kirkcolm, near Stranraer in the early hours of January 19. As a result of the fire, there was extensive damage caused to the property and its contents.
The cause of the fire is yet to be established and enquiries are ongoing.
Any witnesses are being urged to contact Police Scotland on 101.
Stranraer put an end to Rangers 100% winning record this season as they held the Ibrox giants to a 1-1 draw.
Rangers captain Lee McCulloch scored a first-half penalty to put them ahead, but Jamie Longworth hit back with an injury time equaliser.