A Donegal teenager who was stopped by police in Derry city centre for driving a tractor without L plates told officers that he was just looking ‘to see if there were any women about’.

Anthony Breslin, 18, of Gortnaskea in Burnfoot, has been charged with driving without L plates and driving as an unaccompanied learner on August 16 of this year.

A Public Prosecutor said that police spotted the defendant driving around Derry City centre in a tractor.

Breslin was stopped on Shipquay Street using the tractor for ‘social purposes’.

The Public Prosecution Service representative said that when the 18-year-old was asked why he was driving the vehicle in the centre of town, he replied: “I was driving around to see if there were any women about.”

Police officers informed him that he should have been using L plates and during interview he made ‘full admissions’, explaining that he had been using the tractor for ‘social reasons and not for agricultural purposes’.

The court heard that the offences do attract penalties and as no provisional license had been provided at this stage it had to be adjourned.

It was mentioned that a letter will be sent to his address explaining that the case will be dealt with in his absence if he fails to appear and to advise him to attend with his license.

The defendant will appear for a court hearing on November 13.

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