A THUG assaulted three employees of East Coast Buses during a Boxing Day incident at the firm's Musselburgh depot.

Jason Sutcliffe, 42, of the town's Stoneybank Terrace, challenged employee David Cherrie to a fight before pushing him and then striking him to the body.

Sutcliffe also attacked second bus company employee, Damian Karczewski, by struggling with him and pushing him on the body at the Mall Avenue depot.

He also admitted struggling with third employee Scot Galbraith during the same incident on December 26 last year.

Police were called to deal with Sutcliffe but he soon became abusive towards the officers and went on to shout, swear and struggle with them and kick the interior of the vehicle he was in on the way to St Leonard’s police station, Edinburgh.

Sutcliffe admitted his guilt to the four offences during an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

A plea of not guilty to attempting to start a bus at the depot during the same incident was accepted by the Crown.

Sentence was deferred to February 18 for the preparation of background reports on Sutcliffe.