A DRUG addict who behaved in an aggressive manner towards supermarket staff has been jailed and banned from the Asda Tranent for 12 months.

Lewis Sives was at the supermarket and pulled on the body of staff member John Smith before stating he was armed with a weapon.

Sives, 33, then made threatening gestures towards employee Annie Bennett and behaved in an aggressive manner towards the woman. Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told he was asked to leave the store before grabbing Mr Smith by the arm and telling him “there’s nothing you can do”.

He then shouted he was in possession of “a blade” before attempting to kick out at Ms Bennett.

Solicitor Paul Smith told the court that Sives had a substance addiction and had been using crack cocaine at the time of the offences.

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Sives, of Westfield Terrace, Macmerry, appeared at the capital court from custody last Friday where a sheriff described the offences as “cowardly”.

Sheriff Matthew Auchincloss jailed Sives for a total of 189 days and also handed out an ASBO that bans him from entering the Asda store for the next 12 months. Sives admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner there on August 22.

He also admitted breaching a previously imposed court order that had banned him from entering Tranent by being in the town on the same date.

Sives pleaded guilty to a further offence of assaulting Marc Hughes by kicking him to the body and repeatedly striking him to the head and body at Kings Road, Tranent, on July 24.