TWO ambulance workers were confronted by an Alloa woman brandishing a knife and saying she would kill herself or someone else.

Leigh Hume, of Shetland Court, appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court via video-link from prison.

The 27-year-old admitted that on December 12, last year, at her home, she shouted, made threats of violence towards two ambulance staff whilst in possession of a knife, placing them in a state of fear and alarm.

Depute fiscal James Moncrieff said that around 11.30pm a call had been made to the emergency services and an ambulance attended Hume's home.

The door was unlocked and the ambulance staff went into the house and found Hume in a bedroom.

They tried to speak to her but she produced a knife with a seven-inch blade and shouted: "If I don't kill myself, I'm going to kill somebody."

She also told the ambulance workers: "If you don't leave me, I'll slit my throat."

They quickly left the house, went into their ambulance and called the police.

Defence solicitor Virgil Crawford said it was not clear who had called the ambulance but his client has a "background of mental health issues and emotional difficulties".

The court was told Hume had been on remand since October after failing to engage in the legal proceedings.

Sheriff Neil Bowie told Hume: "Your conduct was deplorable."

He imposed a community payback order with 18 months of supervision and 150 hours of unpaid work.