A MAN who turned up with a bloody nose at a community sports facility was shocked when he got arrested for having a knife.

Liam Reilly, 26, showed up at Clydebank Community Sports Hub and staff took him in while they called an ambulance.

It was about 9.30pm at the Dean Street facility and he was "bloodied with an injured nose", Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard on June 4.

Reilly was heard to say "I need to get rid of my pocket knife" and he went to a washroom.

A member of staff followed and saw a black-handled kitchen knife with 8-inch blade on the counter.

The staff said: "You will need to get rid of that."

Reilly, of McLeod Street, Broxburn, put it in the bin and left, but police arrived before he could exit the building.

When cautioned and charged, he said: "How is it fair that I'm getting charged when I was battered and I didn't have the knife?"

He later pleaded guilty just before a trial to having a knife on July 25, 2022.

Sheriff Frances McCartney acknowledged Reilly had "undoubtedly turned things around" in his life from the past.

But she said: "This is a serious matter involving possession of a knife."

She imposed 12 months of social work supervision and 140 hours of unpaid work in the community.

This is a direct alternative to custody.