A 43-year-old man involved in a disturbance in a Coldstream public house has been given a 12-month Community Pay Back Order.

John Turnbull, of Tweed Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner in the Newcastle Arms Hotel on June 24.

He admitted shouting and swearing, brandishing a bar stool and making offensive, threatening and racial comments.

Turnbull pleaded guilty to a second charge of assaulting the barman by striking him with a bar stool and punching him on the body.

Fiona Hamilton, prosecuting, told Jedburgh Sheriff Court how Turnbull entered the premises at around 8pm with another man and were described as being "loud and brash".

She said: "He tried to order a couple of drinks and was refused service.

"He became irate and began to shout. He said to the man comments such as "go home, you are not welcome in this country and what do you know, you're from f*****g Spain."

The fiscal said that Turnbull threw a bar stool at him and punched him on the body but there was no injury.

When cautioned and charged Turnbull told police he was not a racist and added: "I am sorry. It is not like me."

Turnbull's CPO involves 12 months supervision with alcohol treatment.