A NORTH Berwick man has been ordered to stay within his home for 12 hours each day for the next four months.

Gordon Blacklaw was handed the four-month restriction of liberty order and placed on supervision for two years during an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week.

Blacklaw, of Lochbridge Road, began shouting and swearing while he was in a police van on the way to an Edinburgh hospital last October.

The 28-year-old also uttered threats of violence and struggled violently with police officers during the incident in the vehicle.

He pleaded guilty to the offence during an earlier court appearance and he returned to the dock for sentencing last Wednesday.

Sheriff Fiona Tait told Blacklaw he had to stay within his home address between 7pm and 7am each day for the next four months.

The sheriff also placed him on a two-year supervision order in a bid to monitor and change his offending.