A DAD-TO-BE teenager arrested for trying to steal diesel from a coach company spat at a police officer, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Scott Michael Bell, 19, sprayed spit and blood over the officer as handcuffs were being taken off him, said Julie Grant, prosecuting.

She added that the father-to-be had been arrested for trying to siphon diesel at Gray's Coaches. Bell wanted to sell the fuel because he was 'skint' and the company had 'asked for it' because the premises were not padlocked.

Bell, of St Mary's Road, Darfield, admitted assaulting a police officer, attempted theft and possession of £3 of cannabis found on him after his arrest.

Probation officer Rita Dyson said Bell's nose burst during a struggle at the police station. She said he spat out the blood in the direction of the officers.

Alan Greaves, defending, said Bell had been treated harshly at the police station and did not spit in the officer's face.

He said Bell had an 'attitude problem' which he expected fatherhood would sort out.

District Judge John Foster said: "You're about to be a father. You ought to ask yourself if you're the right sort of person to bring up a child. Your behaviour was disgraceful."

Bell was ordered to pay £100 to the police officer, to do 100 hours of unpaid work and given an eight-week curfew. He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £50 in costs.

Bell was also cleared of assaulting a female driver following a trial the previous day.