A PRESTONPANS resident has been fined after he admitted harassing his grandmother for money.

Stephen Dixon, of Rollo Court, repeatedly turned up at the woman’s home on the town’s Polwarth Terrace and asked her for cash in July last year.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told that Dixon was heard outside the woman’s home at about 2.30am on July 28.

He was given £4 and told to leave but he returned later and continued to ask for cash.

He again attended at the home at about 11am and was said to have “argued and shouted” at the woman.

The court heard that the 30-year-old then turned up a further three times “asking for money”.

Police were contacted later that day but Dixon was not traced by officers until October 7.

Solicitor Nigel Beaumont said that his client was on a drug treatment and testing order at the time due to a cocaine addiction but that he had now completed the order.

The lawyer added he had now reconciled with his elderly relative and had now “stopped taking all drugs completely”.

Sheriff John Cook ordered Dixon to pay a £240 fine.

Dixon admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by attending at the address at Polwarth Terrace in Prestonpans and repeatedly demanding money and repeatedly acting in an aggressive manner on July 28 and 29 last year.