A MAN who tried to hold up a pet shop before saying he was sorry and leaving empty-handed has been jailed for 18 months.

Ross Hopwood burst into Fur n' Feathers in Glasgow's Shawlands and told owner George Carmichael: "I want to rob you."

The 37-year-old demanded cash claiming he was "desperate".

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But, prosecutor Claire Wallace told Glasgow Sheriff Court: "Mr Carmichael ushered Hopwood out the shop before he apologised and left.”

Hopwood was arrested the next day - his lawyer told the court he was "remorseful" for what happened.

Hopwood pleaded guilty to assault and attempted robbery.

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Sheriff Ian Fleming said: “You have five previous convictions including one at the high court.

“This was an armed robbery of commercial premises.”

Hopwood was also put under supervision for six months upon his release from prison.