A Lochgelly man struggled violently after being chased down the street by police in the early hours of the morning.

Blair Robertson, 24, formerly of Francis Street, Lochgelly, currently living in Edinburgh, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on November 5 at Main Street, Lochgelly, he was in possession of an offensive weapon, a metal pole. He also admitted he resisted police officers, ran from them, failed to stop and struggle violently.

Depute fiscal Charlotte Allan said that at 1.10am police received a call about a male seen in Bank Street holding a metal pole.

When officers arrived, Robertson started waving the pole about and became aggressive before running off. He was chased and taken to the ground by the officers, struggling and grabbing one forcibly by the arm.

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said: “He’s someone who had not been in trouble before or since. He doesn’t have a good recollection of it but thinks there was some sort of altercation with other people before the police arrived.

“Too much alcohol had been taken and there are also mental health issues.”

He added that his client is living in Edinburgh at the moment as his home in Lochgelly was damaged in a fire.

Sheriff Susan Duff imposed a community payback order with 120 hours of unpaid work.