Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Man jailed after ‘suspicious’ activity at Carnoustie hotel

The Station Hotel in Carnoustie.
The Station Hotel in Carnoustie.

An Angus man who was suspected of stealing from a well-known hotel has been jailed for almost a year.

James Pow was challenged by a former owner of the Station Hotel in Carnoustie when he was seen acting “suspicious” on private ground outside.

The 36-year-old appeared from custody at Forfar Sheriff Court and admitted intention to commit theft and causing a breach of the peace on March 29 this year.

Fiscal depute Jill Drummond said Ivor Farmer and another witness saw Pow pass by the hotel’s kitchen window at 9.40am.

“It was the same male who had been in the hotel previously,” she said.

“They were immediately suspicious…

“The witnesses left the locus and walked towards the accused, who walked away from the driveway.

“He continued along Ireland Street on to Station Road, towards the Co-operative car park.

“He turned around and said to witness Tobin: ‘I’m going to crack your cone head open … next time I come back I’ll pan your windows in.”

The witnesses reported the matter to police and the accused was traced.

When interviewed he told officers: “I was just looking for fag ends, I wasn’t there to steal anything.”

Defending Pow, solicitor Billy Rennie said his client had been down on his luck with drug problems.

“This behaviour is broadly out of character,” he added.

“He’s got previous convictions but is not disposed towards violence.”

Pow, formerly of Brechin and of no fixed abode, admitted being found in the curtilage of The Station Hotel, Station Road without lawful authority to be there, where it could be reasonably inferred he intended to commit theft.

He also admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, repeatedly shouting and swearing, and uttering threats of violence and damage to property, on the same date and time.

Jailing Pow for 340 days, Sheriff Gregor Murray said: “I take account of your honesty to the court and Mr Rennie as to the reason behind your offending.

“But the sheer number of cases – effectively you were on a three-month spree, and you have to pay the penalty.

“We’ve tried all we can with you.”

The Station Hotel which had been owned by the same family for 40 years, was sold for £1 million last month.

Already a subscriber? Sign in