An Ayr man who offered children money and sweets to move away with him will wear a tag for six months.

Nicholas Hill from Davidson Place tried to lure four children all under 10 years old to a nearby shop with him before being confronted by their father who reported him to police.

The court heard that on April 7 Hill offered the children £10 to accompany him to the shop away from the street and buy them sweets.

He also pled guilty to behaving aggressively to police officers when later arrested on the same day, as well as a man on Content Street in Ayr where the incident took place.

The 31-year-old failed to comply with his original sentence of unpaid work, ordered in May this year, saying that he did not feel well. Sheriff Desmond Leslie instead, prohibited him from leaving his home address at night.

Hill appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court on Tuesday, October 23 for breaching his Community Payback Order where he refused to work. Solicitor Tony Currie told the court: “He has a sick line and has had issues.

“There have been indications that there had been further meetings and he has been suspended from the supervision element of his Community Payback Order.”

Sheriff Leslie addressed Hill directly asking: “Are you willing to do unpaid work or not?” to which Hill replied: “I genuinely don’t feel well. I don’t feel well enough to work.”

Sheriff Leslie then revoked the unpaid element of Hill’s sentence and immediately imposed a Restriction of Liberty order meaning Hill must remain within his home address between 7pm and 7am.

Hill’s Community Payback Order will continue under supervision for its duration of 18 months.