A SALTCOATS man has been jailed after being caught with heroin and cocaine, as well as an axe and a kitchen knife in his car.

Andrew Buckland, 54, appeared from custody last week, and admitted possessing an axe in Old Raise Road on July 11 last year while also carrying a 0.7g bag of cocaine.

He also pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour after shouting offensive remarks and swearing at police while detained at the station.

However, Buckland later found himself on remand after then getting caught with a knife in Lidl car park in Stevenston’s Boglemart Street on October 3 while out on bail.

When Buckland appeared from custody at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week (January 10) procurator fiscal depute Craig Wainwright said: “At 7pm in the evening on July 11 police officers on duty were made aware of the accused near Saltcoats police office and observed the accused sitting in a motor vehicle. They were looking for the accused on another matter.

“A search found him in possession of a bag of white powder and he was subsequently arrested.

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“A small axe was found in the footwell and as he was arrested and replied ‘it’s just a tool’. He refused a search and was placed under observation.

“He said ‘Are you going to leave these handcuffs on all night you cabbage’ and ‘why am I still in handcuffs, you f***ing weirdos’.

“He called officers ‘p***s, f*****s’ and he suggested officers ‘go and have a w*** while looking at the spreadsheets’.

“In relation to charge four, at 6am police were on mobile patrol in Boglemart Street, Stevenston. At the entrance to the Lidl car park the accused was found slumped.

“The accused was searched and officers recovered a kitchen knife 12cm in length. He was arrested and conveyed to Saltcoats police office, stating ‘it was just a kitchen knife’.”

Officers previously attended his home address at Harbour Point, Saltcoats on June 17 with Buckland admitting threatening behaviour after driving under the influence.

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He also admitted possessing 8.3 grams of heroin on November 9, 2020.

Defence solicitor Graeme Cunningham said: “He is a 54-year-old man, when at liberty living with his partner. She suffers health difficulties. There has been a slowdown in his offending since moving from England.”

Mr Cunningham highlighted two previous convictions for possessing weapons at Manchester Crown Court, adding: “But this is a different man now. He has moved on.”

Sheriff Robert Carr jailed Buckland for 16 months, backdated to when he was remanded last October.

He added: “You are to be commended for steps taken in your life. Resist any temptation while in custody.”

A further proceeds of crime hearing for Buckland is scheduled for next month.