A GURNARD man who ripped off his clothes and challenged police with the phrase "and what?", only to later be found in possession of an anti-anxiety drug, has been sentenced.

Jody Hayles, 43, of Rew Street, appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

He admitted one count of using threatening and abusive words, and one count of possession of a Class C drug.

The court heard from prosecutor, Liz Miller, how on October 19, Red Funnel staff had called police after Hayles had threatened to break into the East Cowes office.

Ms Miller told the court staff simply wanted him to be moved on, but when police later attended, Hayles had ripped off his own clothes, shouting "and what?".

Hayles told police officers a nearby ATM had retained his bank card, and when staff had told him to contact the bank, he had became irate, accusing them of lying.

When Hayles was later arrested by police, pills of Xanax, primarily used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, were found in his possession.

James Cameron, defending, said Hayles had been trying to use the ATM but had become frustrated when he lost his money and bank card.

He said it was a bad day where everything seemed to be going wrong, and that Hayles accepted he struggled to control his temper after drinking.

Mr Cameron said the Xanax helped Hayles with his anxiety.

Hayles was fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £34 surcharge.