A THIEF who tried to feed a police dog a pizza supper and lager after it caught him has been jailed for more than two years.

George Higgins, 39, admitted last month to assaulting and robbing Christopher Fletcher after tailing him from a shop in Glasgow's Cardonald in December 2018.

Higgins had earlier been turned away from the store as he had no money.

Mr Fletcher, 51, had with him pizza and chips as well alcohol and cigarettes that he had just bought.

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Prosecutor Jennifer Harkins told Glasgow Sheriff Court: “Higgins put his arms around his neck, dragged him to the ground and made off with his bags.

"Police then searched the area with a dog.

"Higgins was tracked hiding in a garden trying to feed the pizza and two cans of Tennent's Lager to the dog."

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Bigot Higgins went on to hurl abuse at police.

Miss Harkins said: “He made remarks of ‘Dirty f****n b*****d, f*** the Pope and the IRA, as well as shove your cross up your a****.

"He also said: 'There’s no black on the Union Jack'."

Higgins was jailed for a total of two years and three months.

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Sheriff Philip McKinnon said “Due to the seriousness of this matter, a custodial sentence is necessary.”