AN ALLOA man who brandished a hammer during a street disturbance has been jailed.

John Russell, 36, of Shetland Court, appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court last Thursday via video-link from prison.

He admitted that on September 19, at Lomond Court, Alloa, and in a police vehicle en route to Falkirk police station he shouted, swore, brandished a hammer and repeatedly threatened police officers with violence.

He also admitted that on February 14, last year, during a journey to Falkirk police station he shouted, swore and struggled with police officers.

Depute fiscal James Moncrieff said that a call had been made to police at around 4.30pm after an argument between a group in a grass area in front of a block of flats when Russell had been seen with a hammer.

When officers arrived, they could see Russell was "clearly under the influence of alcohol" but did not have the hammer by that time.

However, he began making threats towards the officers including saying he was going to stab them.

Defence solicitor Kelly Howe said her client is an alcoholic and could not remember what had happened.

Sheriff Neil Bowie jailed Russell for 108 days.