Pay-back time – sheriff

A MAN who attacked a police sergeant and another man has escaped a jail sentence.

Yan Barnes of High Street, Hawick, admitted assaulting the police officer and injuring the other man by punching him on the head.

The 27-year-old hit out at the man in Hawick High Street on March 11. He hit the sergeant on the body in the town’s police station the following day.

Barnes pleaded guilty to both offences at Jedburgh Sheriff Court last week.

The sheriff issued a 160-hour Community Payback Order.