A MAN was found to have a police-style baton in the car he was driving after being stopped by officers in Glasgow.

Paul Fenton appeared in Glasgow Sheriff Court for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to being in possession of the offensive weapon on November 19, 2019.

The 44-year-old was caught with the metal baton in Cowcaddens whilst on bail.

Procurator fiscal depute Victoria Keel said: “Police officers were on plain clothing patrol on New City Road and observed the accused driving at 5.40pm. As the vehicle came to a stop, officers attended at the driver’s side and identified themselves as police.

“They had reason to search the accused and informed him he would be detained for a search. The vehicle was also searched, and one extendable police-style metal baton was recovered from the car.

“The accused stated he did not know it was there. He was cautioned and charged and conveyed to Govan police office.”

The court heard that Fenton, of Ibrox, had been in the car with his partner at the time.

His lawyer revealed that he has not been involved in any other offending since.

He added: “He’s had one conviction in the last five years but has a record that does him no credit. He has problems with his health. There is a recommendation for a restriction of liberty order. He would benefit from supervision as he’s keen to address his difficulties.”

Sheriff Vincent Lunny told Fenton: “This is the third time you have a conviction for a weapon of some sort in your possession. It’s simply not acceptable. You are heading in the direction of custody if it keeps going.

“It’s been a considerable amount of time since the offence. I’m prepared to deal with this by way of a community payback order as an alternative to custody.”

Fenton was placed under social work supervision for one year and ordered to stay within his home from 7pm-7am for 160 days.