A DUNFERMLINE man created a disturbance by throwing items out of his home then resisted arrest when police arrived.

Peter McDonald, 39, of Urquhart Crescent, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on July 8, at his home address, he shouted, swore and made threats of violence.

He resisted two police officers and attempted to prevent the application of handcuffs.

The court heard McDonald was a serial offender in his native Northern Ireland before moving to Fife, where he has continued in the same vein.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said the incident began at around 3pm when witnesses heard the sound of glass smashing in the street.

“The accused then climbed out of a window and began throwing items back into the property," he said.

“The witnesses saw items being thrown onto grass outside.”

Some of those present told McDonald broken glass was a hazard to traffic and passers-by.

He replied: “We all have times when we’re not all there.”

He then became aggressive, saying: “I’ll get you” and calling one of those present “a d***head”, the court heard.

Sheriff Charles MacNair pointed out he only discovered that McDonald had more than 40 previous offences from the social work report as police had not checked his record in Northern Ireland.

“It shouldn't be too difficult for police to check with the authorities in Northern Ireland. There’s a danger of a miscarriage of justice if I don’t have his previous convictions,” he added.

One of his other offences since moving to Dunfermline was attacking a man in a local pub.

Sheriff MacNair deferred sentence until September 4 to find out whether McDonald was fit to do unpaid work.