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Last Updated: Monday, 17 April 2006, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK
No appeal for beach 'boy racer'
Cars parked along Aberdeen's Beach Boulevard
Locals complained about the noise at the Beach Boulevard
One of the first people prosecuted under new laws to tackle anti-social behaviour is not being allowed to appeal against his conviction.

Graham McDougall, 33, and his friend Stuart Hepburn were last year convicted of breaking an order to stay away from Aberdeen's Beach Boulevard.

The area was declared Scotland's first dispersal zone after locals complained about the noise made by "boy racers".

McDougall said he planned a further attempt to launch an appeal.

The pair were ordered to leave the beach area on 15 March 2004 and not return before 0800 GMT the next day.

In November, both were found guilty at city's sheriff court of deliberately returning to the area in a car.

Loud stereos

They received a 12-month suspended sentence.

McDougall said: " I was flabbergasted at the conviction in the first place and this is the same.

"We weren't tooting our horns or blaring music or anything like that. None of the residents even made a complaint that night.

"I wouldn't be fighting this if I didn't know I was innocent."

Grampian Police became the first force in Scotland to use the new powers of dispersal last year.




SEE ALSO:
Council votes to close boulevard
04 Nov 05 |  Scotland
'Boy racer' dispersal zone ends
29 Aug 05 |  Scotland
'Bouley bashing' zone is extended
31 May 05 |  Scotland


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