Drunk­spat and­shouted

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A drunken bus pas­sen­ger un­leashed a vol­ley of abuse at the Perth Park and Ride af­ter he ar­rived from Aberdeen and was told there were no seats for him - and a young boy - for the next stage of their trip.

Thirty-five-year-old David Bar­clay be­gan shout­ing and swear­ing at staff and then spat on of­fice win­dows.

And when po­lice were sum­moned and told him to qui­eten down and go with them to their head­quar­ters in Bar­rack Street, he got to his feet and be­came“in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive.”

He then lashed out at them and strug­gled vi­o­lently as they put hand­cuffs on him, Perth Sher­iff Court was told.

Sher­iff Keith O’Ma­hony said he was “on the cusp of a cus­to­dial dis­posal.”

But added:“I am per­suaded, just, that there is an al­ter­na­tive to im­pris­on­ment in this case.”

He or­dered the ac­cused to do 150 hours of work within six months and be su­per­vised by a so­cial worker for 18 months as part of a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der. He will also have to stay at home, 9pm-7am for four months.

De­pute fis­cal Michael Sweeney told the court that po­lice were called to the park and ride about 6pm.

“He was in­tox­i­cated when they ar­rived. Of­fi­cers re­quested that he go with them to Perth Po­lice Sta­tion for the au­thor­i­ties to be con­tacted in re­la­tion to care for the child.”

So­lic­i­tor Mike Taven­dale said the ac­cused had ar­rived in Perth from Aberdeen.

He had planned to travel on to Glas­gow but was told the bus was fully booked and they couldn’t get on.

“He ac­cepts his be­hav­iour was to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate and has asked me to ten­der his apol­ogy to the staff.”

Bar­clay, of Dum­breck Court, Glas­gow, was warned it was“dif­fi­cult” to see how he could avoid prison if the or­der was breached.

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