A MAN who made a rude gesture to police and then told officers he’d take a “free lift” from them to Clydebank.

William Ward was caught gesturing at officers on mobile patrol in Stirling Road, Dumbarton, just before midnight on September 27.

The 33-year-old, of no fixed address, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week to be sentenced after pleading guilty to shouting, swearing and acting in an aggressive manner.

Prosecutor Martina McGuigan told the court: “Police on mobile patrol saw Ward on Stirling Road.

“He made a middle finger gesture at them. They stopped and he became aggressive shouting at them, ‘f*** you, c****’. He then said ‘f*** it, I’ll take a free lift to Clydebank’.

“He was warned about his abusive manner, but continued and was arrested and handcuffed and taken to Clydebank police office.”

Defence lawyer Brian McGuire said: “He brought it upon himself. He had visited a friend who had fallen on difficult times. It was sheer folly on his part."

Sheriff William Gallacher fined him £1,000.