A LOCHGELLY man who spat at police has been ordered to do unpaid work.

Appearing for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday, Healy, 39, of Lumphinnans Road, had previously admitted that on June 8 last year at Elder Place, Rosyth, he resisted, obstructed or hindered police officers in execution of their duty and struggled violently with them.

He also assaulted two police officers by spitting at them.

Depute Fiscal Alastair McDermid said police had attended at the address in relation to a disturbance.

"The accused appeared to be calm and polite to them although his demeanour changed and he started to become agitated," he told the Court. "He was advised to calm down at that stage and leave."

The behaviour continued and when police decided to arrest him, he struggled with them. Once restrained, the officers tried to put him on his side to search his clothing and, on being turned, Healy spat at them.

Solicitor Alexander Flett said the incident happened after his client had had an argument with his former partner.

He added: "He had consumed alcohol which he accept was unwise because that can lead to misbehaviour on his part. He doesn't have a lot of recollection of what happened. He now accepts he behaved as described and is very ashamed of what took place."

Sheriff Craig McSherry placed Healy on a community payback order requiring him to do 150 hours of unpaid work within six months.