A Saltcoats man is awaiting his fate after admitting threatening a 65-year-old bus driver with a metal pole in Irvine.

A woman and her young children who were on board the bus at the time were left terrified by David Kirk’s shocking attack earlier this year.

Kirk, 28, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by acting aggressively towards the bus driver in Dickson Drive on March 10.

Kirk kicked the front of the bus, pulled at one of the vehicle’s windscreen wipers and repeatedly kicked the door of the bus in an attempt to gain entry.

He also brandished a metal pole in a threatening manner, indicating that he was going to throw it through a window of the bus.

The charge to which Kirk pleaded guilty stated that he caused fear and alarm to the bus driver and its passengers, including a woman who was named in the charge and her children.

A not guilty plea to a charge of possessing an offensive weapon without a reasonable excuse was accepted by prosecutors.

Sentence on Kirk, of Caledonia Road, was deferred when he appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

He will return to court at a later date.