A 16-YEAR-OLD girl who admitted spitting on police officers and paramedics has been sentenced.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, began her catalogue of offending in Dunfermline’s Forth Street and it continued after she had been arrested.

At Dunfermline Sheriff Court, she admitted that on April 17 at Forth Street she acted in a racially aggravated manner by calling police officers “gypsy b*******” and “piggy c****”.

She then assaulted two paramedics by spitting at them.

She also admitted she spat in the face of a policeman.

Then on a journey from Forth Street to Kirkcaldy police station she again used racially abusive language to officers.

On arriving at Kirkcaldy police station, the girl spat on the face and arm of a custody care officer.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said police and the ambulance service had been called to help the girl because of concerns about her erratic behaviour and fears she was hallucinating.

However, the officers were verbally abused by the girl who then spat at a paramedic who tried to take her into the ambulance.

Sheriff James MacDonald said it was only the girl’s young age that persuaded him not to impose a custodial sentence.

Instead, he imposed a community payback order with 12 months’ supervision and a restriction of liberty order for 18 weeks.