A 50-YEAR-OLD man assaulted police officers after being caught growing cannabis plants in his home.

William Cameron, formerly of Manse Road, Inverkeithing, now living in Livingston, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted previously that on December 10, 2020, at Manse Road, he produced a controlled drug, cannabis.

He also acted in an aggressive manner, repeatedly shouted, swore, made threats of violence and comments of a sexually-prejudiced nature.

He then assaulted a police officer by kicking him on the body.

He assaulted a second officer by attempting to kick him on the body.

Then, at Dunfermline police station, he assaulted another police officer by attempting to bite him and striking him on the head.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said that, at 8am, police were called to a report of a disturbance and loud music being played.

When they went to the house, the officers looked around the property and found three cannabis plants in a cupboard with heating lights also installed there.

The depute went on: “He was confrontational, shouting, swearing and kicked one of the officers on the arm. He continually called them ‘poofters’.

“At Dunfermline police station he continued with his tirade of abuse.”

Defence solicitor Stephen Morrison said: “He was under the influence of illicit valium at the time. Health-wise, he doesn’t have his troubles to seek.”

Sheriff Peter Anderson told Cameron his behaviour towards the police had been “quite outrageous”.

He imposed a community payback order with 150 hours of unpaid work and 15 months of supervision.

Cameron was also put on a restriction of liberty order for 12 months.