POLICE have arrested and charged a man accused of making homophobic comments towards Patrick Harvie.

The alleged incident occurred while the Scottish Greens co-leader was launching his party’s candidate in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election.

It has now been confirmed that a man has been arrested and charged after the incident in Rutherglen. 

The Glasgow MSP was taking part in a live TV interview when the incident took place. 

A Police Scotland spokesperson: “Following a report of homophobic comments a 59-year-old man has been arrested and charged.

"A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”