A 36-YEAR-OLD man who admitted a series of offences at Jedburgh Sheriff Court has been ordered to carry out 270 hours of unpaid work as an alternative to custody.

Craig Stevens, who gave an address in Hawick, spent the equivalent of eight months in prison when he was remanded in custody between February and June last year.

As a result, Sheriff Peter Paterson admonished him on a charge of threatening or abusive behaviour and ordered him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

On a second indictment when he was convicted of charges of assault to injury, vandalism and three counts of having a dog which was dangerously out of control in a public place, he was sentenced to 190 hours of unpaid work.