AN ALCOHOLIC who caused a disturbance in a Dunfermline GP surgery has been given an ASBO banning him from going into the premises for two years.

The drunken behaviour of Paul Reid resulted in the doors of the premises having to be locked.

A previous hearing heard that Reid had no reason to be at the practice but wandered in intoxicated and began pestering patients waiting for their appointments then refused to leave.

He appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday for sentencing.

He had previously admitted that on October 28, at Nethertown Surgery in Elliot Street, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner when he shouted, swore and acted in an aggressive manner.

Reid, of New Row, 42, also admitted a further charge of breaching bail conditions on February 29 banning him from contacting his former partner when he left her a voice message on her phone.

Solicitor Alexander Flett said his client had a "fairly significant" and long-term alcohol problem.

"There are appearances before the court on a fairly regular basis but it would be fair to characterise most of the offending as being nuisance value rather than of significant concern to the court," he said.

"I don't believe he is registered to that practice. He has no need to go to the premises."

Sheriff Alastair Brown told Reid: "The sentence available to me today is one of two-and-a-half years in prison. I strongly suspect the right sentence in your case is one of about 12 months' imprisonment but Mr Flett has persuaded me to give you a further chance and not send you to prison today."

He placed him on a restriction of liberty order for six months and made an anti-social behaviour order banning him from entering Netherton Surgery for two years, adding: "If you do, that is an offence and you will go to jail for it."