A CLYDEBANK teenager who tried to hide a potato knife under a police car has been ordered to do unpaid work as punishment.

Andrew Devanney, 18, of Overtoun Road, Dalmuir, had a knife in the street on August 9, 2018. At the time he was on bail from Dumbarton Sheriff Court and Glasgow Sheriff Court, on December 6, 2017 and July 26, 2018, respectively.

In a separate offence Devanney behaved in a threatening or abusive manner on October 17, 2017, at the same address. He was shouting and swearing and engaged in a stand-up fight and acted in an aggressive manner. He breached another bail order from Ayr Sheriff Court on July 19, 2017.

Prosecutor Emma Thomson told Dumbarton Sheriff Court last Friday: “When police arrived they were met by Devanney, who appeared to be agitated and was put in a police car. He was seen opening the door of the car and putting a knife underneath the vehicle. It was retrieved. He told officers that his uncle gave him the knife.

“He added that it was a potato knife.

“In the second offence neighbours were woken up at 5.20am with Devanney shouting and swearing.

“He was intoxicated. A verbal argument was taking place and Devanney was acting in an aggressive and threatening manner. One of the neighbours disturbed was a 67-year-old woman."

Defence lawyer Judith Reid said: “It was a small kitchen knife. He is a very immature young man.

“He has since found himself in custody and it has given him an insight what it is like and the desire to change. He needs all the supervision and guidance he can get. He needs some significant input.”

Sheriff John Hamilton told Devanney: “I am concerned for you. Our paths have crossed in the past and I remember you.

“You now have a conviction for carrying a weapon. I am loathed to sending you into custody. Your record is very concerning for such a young man.”

Devanney was put on a community payback order, which included 12 months of supervision. He must also do 280 hours of unpaid work.