Teen accused of faking own hanging in front of children

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A TEENAGER is due to appear in court accused of pretending to hang himself in front of a group of children.

Dean Riding is said to have faked stringing himself up to a tree near Tranent in May.

Riding, who failed to appear at Haddington Sheriff Court on Wednesday, has also been charged with exposing himself to the children, and threatening them with a knife during the same incident.

The 16-year-old did not enter a plea at the court and will return to face the charges next month.

Riding, of Haddington, has been charged with conducting himself in a disorderly manner by imitating hanging himself with a rope whilst a group of children watched on May 26.

He is also alleged to have conducted himself in a disorderly manner by exposing his bottom and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by brandishing a knife.