A MAN has been given a 16-week jail term for threatening police officers with garden shears and screwdrivers.

Simon Pashley, 25, who had been drinking and taking drugs, had to be tackled with a Taser gun, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

John Kavanagh, prosecuting, said Pashley was asked by the officers to drop the shears and screwdrivers, but he refused and swore at the police.

Mr Kavanagh said Pashley had earlier turned up at the home of his mother demanding paperwork for an appointment at a Jobcentre.

He said Pashley threw a vase and table lamp across the room. After getting out of the way in the kitchen, the mother went into the garden.

Mr Kavanagh added: "Mr Pashley used an iron to smash a glass panel in a door. He later said he picked up the shears and screwdrivers to protect himself from the police and not to harm the officers."

Alyson Goldsmith, defending, said Pashley, of Bruce Avenue, Worsbrough Common, was in poor health because of his drinking and use of MCAT which he injected.

Pashley admitted using threatening behaviour and two criminal damage charges.

District Judge John Foster said it was disappointing that Pashley wanted to tackle his problems while he was behind bars.

Mr Foster said: "You're in a bad place. It would be a huge waste of your life if you did not successfully deal with your problems. Your state of mind must be right when you come out of prison."