A POLICE inspector is "satisfied" a man has been given a community order after threatening a speed watch volunteer.

Ross Watts, 29, of Sparrows Corner, Great Oakley, admitted to three counts of causing harassment, alarm or distress to a volunteer who was conducting a community speed watch operation in Colchester Road, in Wix, on March 5.

Watts was given an 18 month community order which includes him having to attend a behaviour management programme as well as completing 120 hours of community work.

He was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs, an £85 victim surcharge and £200 in victim compensation.

Following the outcome, Community Policing Team Inspector Darren Deex said: "Mr Watts’ behaviour was not acceptable and we are satisfied that this outcome will give him ample time to reflect on his behaviour.

"Our volunteers who work with us as part of our Safer Essex Roads Partnership, give up their time to help keep our roads and communities safe. They are an invaluable asset to the partnership and should be able go about their duties with respect and without being subject to harassment, alarm or distress."