A 24-year-old man has received a 21-month prison sentence for committing a series of offences in the Borders.

Nathan Brown - who is currently serving a five-year jail term for severely injuring a baby girl to the danger of her life - pleaded guilty to the offences which happened in Hawick last December.

He admitted sending threatening messages to six people who were friends of his ex-partner - who he was banned from contacting - urging them to get her to put messages of his child posted back up on Facebook on December 3 last year.

The previous day he admitted damaging a car parked in Mart Street, Hawick, by throwing stones at it.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court also heard that Brown breached a night-time home curfew by not being in a Hawick property between the hours of 7pm and 5am on December 2 and later that day at Hawick Police Station he was shouting and swearing and threatening two police officers with violence.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said his client was struggling emotionally at the time as he was standing trial for the baby assault.

He insisted Brown, formerly of Eildon Road, Hawick, but now described as a prisoner, was giving "empty threats" and it was an act of bravado.

Sheriff Peter Paterson imposed jail sentences totalling 21 months which will run concurrently with his five-year prison sentence, so they will not affect his release date.