PARAMEDICS were called repeatedly by a drunk Dunfermline man threatening to kill himself.

When ambulance crews arrived to offer assistance on four occasions on the same day, James Doherty became abusive.

Doherty, 56, of Fodbank View, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on various occasions on December 17, at High Street, Dunfermline, he repeatedly shouted and swore at police officers and paramedics, repeatedly uttered threats to harm himself and uttered offensive remarks.

Depute fiscal Katherine Fraser said paramedics were called out by Doherty on three separate occasions with him threatening suicide.

Each time they attended, Doherty told them to “f*** off”, added the depute.

At 4.20pm, there was another call made by Doherty again claiming he was going to kill himself.

Police and ambulance attended and found Doherty in a phone box. Again he told them to “f*** off” and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

This time, Doherty was arrested and taken to Dunfermline police station where he shouted abuse at officers.

Defence solicitor Roshni Joshi said her client had no recollection of the incidents and there had been a “significant deterioration in his mental health” at that time.

Sheriff James MacDonald called for reports and Doherty will be sentenced on May 15.