A 61-year-old Lochgelly man told police he was going to murder his neighbours when a long-running dispute flared up again.

As a result of the threats, Alexander Duff, of Sharp Grove, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on November 19 at his home he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by repeatedly making threats of violence.

Depute fiscal, Rebecca Clark, said: "There is an on-going dispute between the accused and certain neighbours who live nearby."

Police had been contacted following reports of an incident and Duff had been apprehended at 11.50pm.

At this, a furious Duff told police: "I’m going to murder them. They’re getting murdered."

He also commented about a neighbour, "That is the last thing he will do."

Defence solicitor, Gordon Martin, said his client had been in Court in May following a previous incident involving his neighbours and his sentence had been deferred for him to be of good behaviour.

He added: "What happened here was that there was no earlier incident that day. That allegation was made up.

"He was concerned that as a result of this false allegation he would held in custody and allowed his mouth to run a little."

He said his client, who is on benefits, had lived at this current address for three years.

Sheriff James MacDonald fined Duff £175.