Man threatened police officers

A fine of £450 was imposed on a Kirkcudbright man by Sheriff Daniel Kelly at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday when he admitted losing his temper in the streets of Newton Stewart following a row with his girlfriend.

Andrew Higgins, 28, of 61A St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright, pled guilty to behaving in a threatening manner when shouting and swearing at police officers near the Crown Hotel, Queen Street, Newton Stewart, on November 13 last year.

He also admitted obstructing two police officers at Stranraer police station when they tried to search him and being in possession of cocaine.

Procurator fiscal William McKay told the court that Higgins had been so abusive to the officers in Newton Stewart that he was arrested and taken to Stranraer police station. When the officers undertook a routine search of the accused he struggled so much they had to force him to the ground. The search revealed £16 of cocaine in a pocket.

The accused’s agent said he had fallen out with a female friend earlier that night and took umbrage when spoken to by the police but he now regretted his behaviour towards the officers.

Before fining him a total of £450, Sheriff Kelly told Higgins he had acted in an unacceptable manner and that, at his age, he should be a bit more mature.