A DUNFERMLINE man who swore at staff at the town's COVID-19 testing centre has been fined.

Workers were shouted at by James Debrou, who lives right next to the testing site.

He became irate when told he would have to make a booking online and could not just turn up and demand one.

He acted aggressively, refused to leave, ignored social-distancing and shouted in the faces of test centre workers.

Debrou, 56, who lives in Leys Park Road where the test centre is located in a car park, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted previously that on December 6, at Leys Park Road, he attended on two occasions at the COVID testing centre there, shouted, swore, acted in an aggressive manner, refused to leave the site, demanded to be tested for COVID-19 without adhering to the appointment protocols, did not adhere to social-distancing guidelines and shouted in the face of COVID testers working there.

Depute fiscal Jill Currie said that, at around 10.30am, Debrou approached staff and asked if he could have a test.

He was told to make a booking online but he then demanded to know why he could not just turn up and get tested.

During the argument, Debrou told one of the workers: “You shut your mouth.”

He then left but returned shortly afterwards and again entered the site.

He was asked repeatedly to remove himself but refused and called one of the workers a “c***”.

Police were contacted. When cautioned and charged, Debrou said: “I’ve not injured anyone.”

Defence solicitor Fraser Napier said Debrou had been out walking his dog when he met an elderly female neighbour who was “distressed” after being told she had to make an online booking.

He went on: “He accepts the workers were just doing their job at a difficult time for everybody and is ashamed of the way he spoke to them.”

Sheriff James Macdonald told Debrou: “This was a far from trivial incident.” He fined him £840.