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Armed police called to Inverness house as man made threats

By Ali Morrison

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An Inverness man refused to admit police to his house and threatened them and their families.

James Mackenzie (45), of Wade’s Circle, made threats of violence during the incident on August 1.

He also threatened to spit on police officers who had originally called at his house to speak to him about an unrelated matter.

Depute fiscal Rowena Carlton told Inverness Sheriff Court that Mackenzie refused to allow the police to entry his home and made threats against them and their families.

As a result of his behaviour armed back-up had to be called to the scene, she told Sheriff Iain Cruickshank.

Mackenzie was later restrained by officers before being placed under

Solicitor Marc Dickson told the court that his client had taken too much to drink on the night of his outburst, before the police arrived at his door.

Mackenzie claimed that he could not recall all that had taken place, Mr Dickson said.

Nevertheless he pleaded guilty to behaving in an abusive and threatening manner.

Sheriff Cruickshank ordered him to pay a fine of £400.

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