A MAN tried to assault a nurse and support worker at Ayr Hospital, the town’s sheriff court has heard – before taking off his clothes and activating a fire alarm.

Nevil Blair had to be kept separate from other court users within the Wellington Square building when he turned up for sentencing last week after causing alarm to members of the public when he shouted and banged on a locked courtroom door.

The 52-year-old was eventually brought before Sheriff Desmond Leslie to find out his fate after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to assaulting two hospital staff and causing fear and alarm as a result of his behaviour at the hospital on November 1 last year.

Court papers stated he attempted to headbutt a male charge nurse and tried to punch a clinical support worker on the head, shouting and swearing, and removing his clothes before setting off the alarm.

When Blair, of Doonfoot Road, Ayr, appeared in the dock clutching a paperback book titled ‘Medicines and Drugs’ which he banged on the bench, Sheriff Desmond Leslie said a multi-agency assessment would have to be carried out and a background report prepared before he can finally be sentenced.

He will return to court at a later date.