A DRUNK left a woman severely shaken yesterday after following her into a shop and shouting threats.

The man also threatened a shopkeeper who tried to walk the 29-year-old victim back to her nearby office.

Traders in Wood Street, Old Town, called the police who gave him a notice to leave the area for 12 hours or be arrested.

The victim, who asked to remain anonymous said: “He followed me and was shouting all kinds of threats and abusive language.

“It was horrible. I was shaken up.”

Police officers arrived at the scene and spoke to the culprit in nearby Victoria Road. He protested his innocence .

Bystanders said the man had been approaching women along the street before latching on to the victim. PC Neil Freemantle, of Gablecross police station, said: “We stopped a man who fitted the description given by a girl he had been aggressive and abusive to in the street.

“He had had a bit to drink so we gave him a notice to leave the area for 12 hours or be arrested under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, under which we can order someone to leave an area if they are being drunk and abusive.”

Police will now monitor the area and make sure the man does not return to the area in the next 12 hours.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is now urged to contact Wiltshire Police.They should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if required.