The 47-year-old admitted what he said was ‘terrible’ and has cut back on his drinking ‘drastically’ since incident.

A Barnstaple man has been given a curfew for hurling abuse at a probation worker and threatening to punch her in the face.

Alan Graham Joslin, 42, of Fort Street, said he was ‘deeply embarrassed’ about what he had done and pleaded guilty to using threatening words towards the woman.

North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday Joslin had to call an ambulance for his friend, who is homeless, on April 7.

The probation worker saw the ambulance outside Barnstaple Heritage Centre and went to check if the man was alright.

But as she helped him, Joslin walked up to her in an intoxicated state, shouting abuse.

He threatened to ‘punch her in the face’ and left her feeling frightened.

Joslin attended the police station voluntarily and admitted what he said to the woman was ‘terrible’.

He has since gone back and apologised to her, as well as cutting back on his drinking ‘drastically’

Magistrates imposed a curfew from 7pm-7am for six months.

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