POLICE found a man with a knife and drugs when they came across him near Cowdenbeath train station.

James Finlay, 40, of Kirkland Avenue, Ballingry, had been noticed by the police officers after they detected a strong smell of cannabis coming from his car.

Appearing for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, on Wednesday, Finlay had previously admitted that on June 13 at Cowdenbeath Railway Station, he had possession of a knife without reasonable excuse or lawful authority.

He was also in possession of class B drug cannabis and class C drug Diazepam.

Depute fiscal, Azrah Yousaf, said the police officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from Finlay's car which was parked outside the station.

He was in the driver's seat and he and the car were searched. Cannabis – 1.6 grammes – and eight Diazepam tablets were found along with a knife was found in the driver's door.

Finlay's defence solicitor said his client was someone who had offended before.

He added: "His current circumstances seem to be much improved than when he was a more regular appearer before the Courts."

Sheriff Charles Macnair placed Finlay on a community payback order requiring him to do 170 hours of unpaid work within six months. He also ordered him to pay fines totalling £465.

"You have a previous conviction for possession of a knife and there is no excuse for people carrying knives in this society," he said. "This was a lock knife. It was unlawful to carry it without reasonable excuse."