A TEENAGER climbed on to an under-deck gantry below the Forth Road Bridge when armed with a scalpel on two occasions within a week.

The 18-year-old, from Aberdeen, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court by video-link from custody.

She admitted that on April 17 at the Forth Road Bridge she was unlawfully in possession of a scalpel blade.

She then repeated this offence on April 24.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said police were called out to deal with the incidents.

The teenager had climbed over a barrier and was on an area underneath the bridge where she initially failed to engage with officers.

She was eventually brought to safety and she handed over a scalpel to the officers.

At 9.45pm a week later, she was back on the same part of the bridge.

Defence solicitor Aime Allan said her client had a background of mental health difficulties and on one of these occasions she used the scalpel blade to harm herself.

Sheriff Andrew Berry imposed a structure deferred sentence with a first review on June 21 in Aberdeen.