Man in court accused of stealing van

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A man accused of stealing a van from Grantfield Garage over the weekend has appeared in court charged with the offence.

But Craig Moverly, 44, of Burnside, Lerwick, did not tender a plea when he appeared from custody before sheriff Philip Mann today.

The case was continued after defence agent Tommy Allan highlighted concerns about the state of Moverly’s mental health.

It means an initial mental health assessment will have to be carried out on Moverly before he can tender a plea to nine charges in court tomorrow.

No application for bail was made, and Moverly was remanded in custody.

Moverly is accused of taking a van from the town garage on Friday without its owner’s consent and driving dangerously and at excessive speed without insurance.

He is alleged to have overtaken a car which was turning right and overtaken in the face of oncoming traffic.

Moverly also faces a charge of standing in the middle of the road between Scousburgh and Bigton and forcing a car to stop before climbing into its passenger seat and asking the female driver for a kiss.

He is also alleged to have taken a second van from the Bigton shop, threatening to kill police officers and struggling violently with them.

A final complaint alleges he was in possession of the Class C drug diazepam.

The offences are said to have happened while Moverly was on bail.