A 30-YEAR-OLD Lochgelly man assaulted a store worker who tried to stop him stealing alcohol.

Kerr McCarron, of Paul Street, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on May 28, at the Co-op store, Bank Street, Lochgelly, he stole a quantity of alcohol.

He behaved in an abusive manner towards a female worker by shouting and swearing at her, making threats of violence and threats to damage property.

He also assaulted and behaved in a threatening manner towards a male employee by shouting, swearing, making threats of violence and offensive remarks towards, and pushing him on the body.

McCarron was prosecuted under the Protection of Workers Act 2021.

The court was told that at 7.40am, McCarron became involved in an incident with staff at the shop.

He was shouting and trying to take alcohol without paying for it.

He left but returned shortly afterwards and tried to walk out with a bottle of tequila but was again stopped.

McCarron became irate, said he was just out of jail and was going to kill them. He then pushed one of the employees who was trying to stop him stealing the alcohol.

Sheriff Craig McSherry imposed a community payback order with 12 months’ supervision and a six-month restriction of liberty order.