Grangemouth man repeatedly shoved policeman and made homophobic remark

A man who drunkenly shoved a policeman before making a homophobic remark has had his liberty restricted.

By Herald Reporter
Monday, 22nd February 2021, 12:30 pm

Ian Cameron, 21 Woodhill Court, Grangemouth, called for an ambulance after sustaining an injury at his home on August 22, 2020.

However, paramedics called for police back-up after attending the scene and an “intoxicated” Cameron took exception when officers arrived.

The 50-year-old appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having pleaded guilty to behaving threateningly by shouting, swearing and uttering offensive remarks – an offence aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.

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Ian Cameron, of Grangemouth, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday. Picture: Michael Gillen.

He also admitted assaulting a policeman by repeatedly pushing him on the body.

Procurator fiscal depute Heather Galbraith said: “At approximately 12.15am on August 22, police received a call from the Scottish Ambulance Service advising they got a call from a person at the locus. They requested police assistance.

“Officers knocked on the door and the accused refused to open it. He then did open the door and was intoxicated at this time.

“A police officer spoke with him. He shouted at the police witness. He then attempted to slam the door.

“The police witness placed his foot in the door, and told him it wouldn’t be closed.”

Cameron then shoved the officer to the chest, and was warned over his conduct.

The fiscal depute said he “did so again” and was arrested before making a homophobic remark towards the officer.

Defence solicitor Gordon Addison told the court his client had been assaulted by another man prior to the incident involving police.

Mr Addison said: “He had a face injury and called for help. He was clearly in an intoxicated state and had become obstructive.

“He’s sorry for what he did. There’s no doubt alcohol played a part and he’s sorry for that.

“The order that is currently ongoing has been one with which he’s co-operated in full.

“There are no outstanding restrictions currently in place.”

The court was told Cameron had an issue with alcohol abuse “following an unfortunate accident”.

Sheriff Derek Hamilton said: “This sort of behaviour directed towards police can’t continue.

“They’ve got enough to do without having to put up with this sort of abuse.”

Cameron was made subject to a three-month, 2pm-10pm restriction of liberty order.

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