A HALDANE man who shouted racist abuse and spat on a cop was told by a sheriff that his conduct was “shocking and disgraceful”.

Andrew Dobbin, 30, of Dumbain Crescent, committed a series of offences on January 13.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard last Friday how he was shouting and swearing and making offensive remarks within a police car between Balloch Road and Clydebank police office. 

He was on bail at the time from Dumbarton Sheriff Court, an order imposed on October 19, 2017.

Dobbin acted in a racially aggravated manner intended to cause alarm and distress to a constable. He was shouting and swearing and made offensive and racial remarks. In the police car, Dobbin spat on the body of the officer.

Defence lawyer Jonathan Paul said: “He accepts what he said in the social work report but says he is not a racist. He has to be punished. He has had a difficult life.”

Sheriff William Gallacher said: “I remain very unimpressed with your behaviour and I am doubtful that you will do what you say you will. Your behaviour was shocking and disgraceful.”

Dobbin was put on a community payback order (CPO) for one year and told to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work within eight months. 

He was also ordered to attend for alcohol treatment as directed. 

A CPO review was set by the sheriff for September 28.