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Boozed-up reveller threatened cops with wooden walking stick; court Accused turned nasty after officers broke up one-man party.

Byline: Ron Moore

A noisy reveller threatened cops with a wooden shillelagh when they told him to turn the music down, a court was told.

Boozy Iain Dickson, 58, was staging a one-man late night party at his home in the town's North Street last April 16 when two council noise investigators and police officers were asked to attend.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard when police and council workers visited the accused they found his house illuminated with bright purple lights and loud music blaring from inside.

Fiscal depute Tom Bowman told proceedings that Dickson's music was so loud he was unable to hear the authorities chapping at his door to alert him to the racket he was causing.

He said: "At around 12.40am witnesses who are noise investigators with Renfrewshire Council attended the locus as a result of excessive loud music.

"They had had previous dealings with the accused as requested assistance from the police.

"The witnesses attended with police officers attended the locus where loud music was heard in the street with bright purple lights illuminating the property from within.

"They knocked the door and identified themselves as police officers. But received no reply.

"They knocked the door again when the accused replied.

"He said, 'I don't give a f**k who you are. F**k off!'" The court heard when officers eventually gained entry to his house, the accused was found behind the door grasping a large black wooden shillelagh.

The fiscal added: "Police found him behind the door with the black wooden shillelagh.

"They advised him to drop it or PAVA spray would be deployed."

Yesterday Dickson appeared for sentence after admitting charges of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm in that he played music excessively loudly, repeatedly shouted and swore, acted in an aggressive manner, and raised a wooden shillelagh at police officers on April 16.

Defence agent Kevin Brady said: "He is embarrassed by this.

"He accepts he is responsible and has pleaded guilty to the charges. "A Saturday night is the one night he consumes alcohol and plays his music.

"He was listening to music when there were people at the door and he understands that police were only doing their job.

"He now has purchased headphones to restrict the possibility of this happening again and perhaps give his neighbours some respite."

Sheriff Colin Pettigrew fined the accused PS400 and told him: "You say you are embarrassed.

"Not only police but noise enforcement officers turned up and when they turned up, they got a tirade of abuse.

"You have purchased headphones and that is good.

"You can turn the music up as long as you have headphones on."

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Dec 13, 2017
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