A CLYDEBANK man has been given another punishment of unpaid work in the community for possession of a knife.

William Baxter, 34, of Cleddans View, was previously put on a community payback order (CPO) for having the blade for “his own protection” in December 2017.

He had been ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid work, be under supervision by social workers and a daily curfew for four months.

But he returned to Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week for breaching that CPO, which he admitted earlier this month. He had been in custody since June after a warrant was put out for his arrest.

In a separate incident, on June 27, 2018, he made threats to harm himself and injured himself at a property in Tarbolton Drive and in a police vehicle.

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry asked his defence solicitor last week: “How many chances does Mr Baxter think he is entitled to?”

Danielle Docherty, representing Baxter, said her client had been sober and drug free since March.

She said: “He doesn’t particularly wish to return to custody.”

Sheriff Hendry told Baxter: “Your failures over a period of years to comply with orders left me with little or no option but to send you to custody.

“With hesitation as to whether I’m making the right decision or not, this is the very last chance I intend to give you.”

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The previous CPO was revoked and Baxter will be subject to a new 12 months of supervision, and must also do 200 hours of unpaid work.

For the 2018 incident, he must be home between 7pm and 7am for four months.