A MUSSELBURGH man has been ordered to stay within his home at night after he was found guilty of breaking into a county chemist.

James Bradley, of Pinkie Road, smashed his way into Wallyford Pharmacy with an unknown person and made off with a quantity of medication.

Police then turned up at Bradley’s home the following day, where they witnessed him attempting to swallow the pills and wash the tablets down a sink.

Bradley then assaulted the officers when they tried to stop him from discarding the evidence by struggling with them and biting them on the body.

The 38-year-old admitted the two charges against him when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in January.

Sheriff Thomas Welsh deferred sentence to last week, when Bradley was back in the dock.

He was ordered to adhere to a six-month restriction of liberty order whereby he has to stay within his home between 7pm and 7am daily.

Bradley admitted breaking into Wallyford Pharmacy, Salters Road, Wallyford, while with another and stealing a quantity of medication on February 6 or 7 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to attempting to wash the tablets down a sink and to swallowing some of them at his home address on February 8 last year.

He also admitted assaulting two police constables by struggling with them and biting them on the body.