A 72-year-old farmer from Aberdeenshire last week pleaded guilty to assault after attacking a man out lamping.

The Press and Journal last week reported that Jeffrey Humphrey assaulted Francis Cook with his walking stick after seeing Cook and two others shining the headlights of their car on to private land near Fraserburgh.

Mr Humphrey had previously found the carcase of a poached deer near his home. He had contacted police about the animal’s death but there was no response from the Fraserburgh station. However, the lamping group in question had been hired as vermin controllers and had been given permission to shine their headlights on to estate land bordering Mr Humphrey’s own land.

Sheriff Marysia Lewis deferred sentence at Peterhead Sheriff Court for six months.