A MACMERRY man has been jailed for eight months after he pleaded guilty to gouging a police officer in the eye.

Mark Douglas, of Brierbush Crescent, assaulted two police officers during an incident at Fa'side Crescent in Tranent last month.

He lashed out by punching PC Garrett Hughes to the head and then attempting to gouge his eye.

Douglas, 43, also pulled the hair of PC Lucy Langford and behaved in a threatening manner.

Douglas had been shouting and swearing and kicking out at a door at an address at Fa'side Crescent when the police were called in to deal with his rowdy behaviour.

But he soon turned violent towards the officers and began assaulting them, despite being told to desist.

Douglas admitted three offences at a hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month and he was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing.

When he returned to the court, Sheriff Fiona Tait jailed him for eight months to cover the three offences.

Douglas admitted behaving in a threatening manner, kicking doors and assaulting two police officers at Fa'side Crescent, Tranent, on August 3.