A LONG-RUNNING dispute between neighbours resulted in a late-night rumpus in the street.

The incident led to Lee Connor, 31, of Allan Park, Hill of Beath, appearing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, where he was fined £450.

He admitted that on August 27, at Allan Park, he assaulted a male complainer by pushing him, causing him to fall to the ground.

He also admitted seizing the leg of a female complainer, causing her to fall to the ground.

Connor further admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, acted in an aggressive manner, challenged the male complainer to fight, shouted, swore and uttered offensive remarks.

Depute fiscal Claire Kennedy said: “The complainers are neighbours who live in the same street as the accused.

“This incident took place at around midnight when the witnesses were walking home in the street after having been out drinking in Cowdenbeath.

“They passed Mr Connor and they greeted each other. Mr Connor became aggressive, was shouting at them and asking (the male complainer) to fight him.

“He was squaring up to him and pushed (the male complainer) to the ground. (the female complainer) became involved and the accused struggled with her. He grabbed her leg and she fell to the ground.

“Other neighbours came out to see what was going on and the accused continued to shout and swear.”

Chris Sneddon, solicitor for Connor, said, “His wife was pregnant and she had been pushed over during an earlier incident.

“This is a neighbourhood dispute. There have been issues over a dog and their bins. Apparently, his dog had barked at them when they put their bins out. It was a stupid dispute between neighbours.”

Sheriff Derek Reekie said: “I accept there was an ongoing dispute and tensions may have been running high.”