A THUG who robbed a man of his bike and told officers he was returning it to victims of a theft has been tagged.

Stuart Black, 41, pounced on Alan Mitchell in Glasgow city centre on October 5, 2020.

Black punched Mr Mitchell from the bike as he was riding before cycling away with it.

Officers traced Black, who told them: "A guy said he stole their bike, so I just helped them get it back and gave it to them."

Black pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to assault and robbery.

Sheriff Matthew Jackson QC tagged Black, of the city's Easterhouse, for ten weeks keeping him indoors between 8pm and 7am.

He was also placed under supervision for 18 months at Wednesday’s sentencing.

The court earlier heard officers attended Argyle Street where they were met by Mr Mitchell.

He told them that he had been "punched off his bike" and fell to the ground before being robbed of it.

A description of the attacker was passed to police who then watched CCTV of the incident.

Prosecutor Lauren Donnelly said: "It showed Black running after Mr Mitchell and punching him to the head causing him to fall to the ground from his bike.

"Black was seen to pick up the bike and cycle off with it."

Officers attended a bank the following day for further CCTV enquiries when they ran into Black nearby.

It is then he was arrested where he made the comment about giving back the bike.