A MAN has appeared in court after reportedly stabbing another man in the leg in Renfrew.

Police were called to Ferguson Street at around 2pm on Wednesday after receiving reports of two men fighting.

On arrival, a 50-year-old man was traced nearby and it is alleged that, when officers searched him, a BB handgun was found in the waistband of his trousers.

After taking the suspect into custody, police then located the second man, aged 37, in a house, where he was found to have three puncture wounds to his right leg.

Police said a knife was later recovered.

The injured man was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley, where he received stitches and was later released.

Police said the suspect appeared in court on Thursday, charged with serious assault, possession of a firearm in a public place and racially abusing a police officer, and was released on bail.

Chief Inspector Jim Cast, area commander for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, added: “Due to recent incidents of anti-social behaviour and drug-taking, we are now paying particular attention to Ferguson Street and working with our partners in the local authority to address this.

“The community wardens will be out in force over the weekend to prevent any further disruption in the area.”