A MAN who threatened violence against police officers as they attempted to arrest him has been fined.

Cameron Robertson, 23, told the officers he would “drag them” down a flight of stairs as they took him to their vehicle in April.

Robertson, of Moir Avenue, Musselburgh, also tried to break free from the clutches of the officers during the incident at his former address in Prestonpans.

He appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Thursday on crutches and pleaded guilty to the charge.

Fiscal depute Ian Batho said that police officers arrived at Robertson’s then-home at about 1pm on April 23 in a bid to trace him in relation to another matter.

Mr Batho said: “They located him but while they took the steps to detain him the accused began to struggle with them and tried to break free from their grip.

“He then directed a volley of abuse at them and shouted and swore at them.

“As they went down the stairwell, he shouted: ‘I will drag you down the ****ing stairs.’”

Mr Batho added that Robertson also called one officer “a speccy *******” as he sat in the back of the patrol car.

Colm Dempsey, defending solicitor, said dad-of-two Robertson had recently received “life-threatening” injuries after being hit by a car.

Mr Dempsey said that his client had suffered a series of injuries including a fractured pelvis and clavicle, ruptured bladder, broken ribs and a punctured lung. He then spent two weeks in hospital recovering from his injuries.

Sheriff John Cook told Robertson that his conduct on the day of his arrest had been “wholly petulant” and decided to issue a £400 fine to mark the offence.

Robertson pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing, uttering threats of violence and struggling with police officers at Maclachlan Gardens, Prestonpans, on April 23.