A MAN caught with a knife in Clydebank has been jailed for 18 months.

Alan McCafferty previously admitted having a blade on April 5, 2019, at Peel View, North Drumry, and to possessing diamorphine.

He was on bail at the time from Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

The 35-year-old is currently in Low Moss Prison for possession of cannabis and housebreaking.

Defence solicitor Kenny McGowan told the court last week that his client’s life had “spiralled”.

He added: “He has a clear focus on what he wants to do on his release.”

But sheriff Maxwell Hendry said McCafferty had to be kept in prison.

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He said: “The message has to be driven very clearly home: carrying knives in public places is not acceptable behaviour. All I can do here is impose a custodial sentence.”

McCafferty’s 18-month sentence will be consecutive to his current one, and he will be subjected to nine months of supervised release.