A 34-year-old man has appeared from custody at Selkirk Sheriff Count charged with two counts of police assault.

Stephen Milliken was being picked up on a non-appearance court warrant at a house in Jedburgh last night (Wednesday) when it is alleged he assaulted a police constable by head-butting him to his injury.

It is claimed he later on head-butted another officer on the head and body at Galashiels Police Station.

He was appearing in court shortly after his father David Milliken, who was in his 60s, was found dead at a flat in Kirkbrae, Galashiels, on Monday evening.

It was the second drug-related death in Galashiels within four days following the discovery of 33-year-old David Connolly's body at a house in Winston Place last Friday.

But the deaths are not connected with the batch of heroin which has been circulating in the Galashiels area and resulted in 11 people falling ill and being treated at Borders General Hospital at the weekend.

Defence lawyer Natalie Paterson said Milliken jr. had been going through "a turbulent period of late" and there would be "significant mitigating personal circumstances" in his case.

He has pleaded not guilty to both police assault charges and a trial date was set for February.

Milliken was released on bail and placed on a 7pm to 7am curfew at his home in Howden Road, Jedburgh, until January 11 when he will appear on Contempt of Court proceedings for failing to turn up at a previous trial diet.