A BORDERS man who subjected police officers to a tirade of foul-mouthed abuse and threats has been placed on a night-time home curfew for the next six months.

Forty-three-year-old Simon Hadden, of Galashiels, will have to stay within his Hawthorn Road home between the hours of 7pm and 7am after pleading guilty to obstructing police officers who were trying to apply handcuffs to him and threatening or abusive behaviour in a police van between Galashiels and Hawick and St Leonards Police Station in Edinburgh, including spitting over the interior of the vehicle.

Selkirk Sheriff Court was told Hadden made crude sexual comments towards a female police officer and threatened a male officer by saying he would find out where he lived during his tirade of abuse on April 20.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said his client was "remorseful and embarrassed" about his behaviour.

He said: "He is trying to abstain from alcohol. When he drinks he is a totally different person."

Sheriff Peter Paterson said that due to the conduct towards the police officers Hadden would have to pay something back to society and ordered him to carry out 50 hours unpaid work as well as the Restriction of Liberty order.