Farmer drove tractor around city 'looking for women'

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George Jackson

An agricultural worker from Co. Donegal who drove a tractor around the centre of Derry earlier this year, told police officers who stopped him that he was "looking for women".

Anthony Breslin (18) from Gortnaskeas in Burnfoot admitted two motoring offences linked to his late night tractor drive around Derry on August 16.

A solicitor for the Public Prosecution Service told District Judge Michael Ranaghan that Breslin was seen driving the tractor around the city centre streets at Foyle Street, Shipquay Street, Ferryquay Street and Orchard Street just before midnight.

When stopped by police officers in Orchard Street Breslin told them he was "using it for social purposes in that he was driving around the city centre to see if there were any women about", the prosecutor said.,

Breslin, who was a learner driver at the time drove the tractor without L plates being displayed on the vehicle an accompanied qualified driver.

"He admitted the offences to the police and told them he was stupid. He also told the police he was using the tractor for social reasons rather than for agricultural reasons", the barrister said.,

Breslin, who was not in court, is to receive a letter from the Court Services notifying him of the sentencing date in two weeks time.

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