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Man who sparked siege given community sentence

Falkirk Sheriff Court
Image caption Falkirk Sheriff Court heard that Ross Scott threatened to set fire to his flat

A man who admitted triggering a siege that caused the closure of a Bo'ness road for four hours has been given a community sentence.

A court heard Ross Scott's neighbours were evacuated after he threatened to set fire to his flat in North Street last June.

Officers concerned by Scott's "size and hostile behaviour" called for back-up as the situation escalated.

He was sentenced to supervision and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Falkirk Sheriff Court was told that Scott had gone to his partner's house to collect his belongings at about 18:00 on 27 June.

He had thrown items from a first-floor window into the garden, including a television and DVD player.

After he attempted to throw a mattress out of the window, his girlfriend phoned police to say Scott was "trashing the house."

Officers saw Scott walking back to his flat and noted he was agitated and refused to stop.

Neighbours evacuated

Depute fiscal Mhairi Alexander told the court: "He said he had done nothing wrong.

"Due to his size and his hostile behaviour they requested further assistance."

Police followed him back to his flat, where, once inside, he produced a knife and began spinning it in his hand.

Officers told him he would be arrested if he took the knife out in public, and he gave it to them, telling them to post it through his letter box.

Ms Alexander said: "Officers tried to take hold of his arms, but he broke free and stormed back into his flat.

"Further officers attended and he barricaded his front door, saying he was going to set a fire within his flat.

"The incident had now become a siege and various measures were put in place, including a police cordon round the premises and neighbours being evacuated."

Police negotiators were called in and the situation was resolved after four hours.

Scott, pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour, and a breach of the peace.

Representing himself in court, he said: "I had been drinking and things just came to a head."

Summary sheriff Derek Livingston ordered Scott to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and placed him under supervision for 18 months.

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