A COAL-CARRYING world champion threw a monoblock slab at a door after he was annoyed that he had been locked out of his former partner's home.

William Hargreaves was upset that he wasn't being allowed into the property and reacted badly when his bank card was handed back to him through a letterbox.

Appearing for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday, Hargreaves, 43, of Blair Street, Kelty, had previously admitted that on March 13, at a house in Croftangry Road, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, kicking, banging at a door and throwing a breeze block at the door, causing damage to it.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said the couple had been in a relationship for around eight years and it had come to an end the previous day, although Hargreaves had wanted it to continue.

He had gone to the property and was unable to get in so knocked at the door. His former partner went to the door but refused to open it and passed his bank card through the letter box to him.

After kicking the door to try and gain entry, the court was told he then went down the external stairs and returned with a breeze block which he threw at the door window.

Solicitor Ian Beatson said his client, who had won the Coal Championship World Championships in Leeds, insisted he had thrown a monoblock, not a breeze block.

"He accepts that he did it and the window got broken by a stone object," he told the court. "He had gone to the property which he shares with his partner. They had locked him out of the property which he shared with his partner. He didn't know why. It was raining. He got annoyed that he was not being allowed in and unfortunately acted in the manner described.

"He is very much regretful of this incident and hopes he can leave it all behind him."

Sheriff James Macdonald fined him £200.