A PORT Seton pensioner has appeared in court after he breached an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) and assaulted a man during a neighbour dispute.

Thomas Hamilton, 80, broke the rules of the ASBO imposed in April which had barred him from using aggressive, abusive or intimidating language or causing distress to neighbours at his Long Craigs home.

He breached the order on August 2 when he was found to have used abusive language during an incident where he obstructed a parking bay during an argument with a neighbour.

Hamilton also damaged a vehicle during the row near to his home.

The OAP also assaulted neighbour Ian Hirst by struggling with him during a separate incident at Long Craigs on August 23.

The pensioner was back in the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to the two offences.

Sheriff John Cook was told that Hamilton had a review of a previous case with another sheriff in March next year and he was content to defer all matters to that date.

No narration of the August events were read out in court and all matters were deferred to March 6.

Hamilton admitted breaching his ASBO on August 2. He also admitted assaulting Mr Hirst by struggling with him at Long Craigs on August 23.