A COCKENZIE man has admitted using a credit card not belonging to him at a local newsagents.

Scott Hardie attempted to defraud the shop owner of £50 by using the credit card in the name of Nikki Gilroy.

Hardie, of Winton Park, was also found to have a quantity of cocaine at his home when police arrived at his door in connection with fraud attempt.

Hardie, 37, admitted the offences during an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week.

But the offender had not guilty pleas to four further charges accepted by the Crown prior to the case calling.

He was cleared of stealing a set of roller blades from a car at The Chimneys, Cockenzie, on January 27 last year, and stealing a mobile phone from a car at castle Road, Port Seton, on February 3 or 4 last year. Hardie also had a not guilty plea accepted to breaking into a home at The Chimneys and stealing a bag and its contents on February 3 or 4 last year.

He will return to court for sentencing on the fraud and drug charges on May 22.

Hardie admitted attempting to defraud Cockenzie Newsagents of £50 on February 2 last year. He also admitted possessing cocaine at his home address on February 5 last year.