A BANNED customer with a knife who threatened to burn a shop down has been jailed for 18 months.

Steven Connelly, 39, made the chilling remarks at Lallis Food Market in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, on July 21 2020.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard customers saw Connelly put the blade down his trousers as he walked into the shop.

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Prosecutor Graham Macdonald said: “There was an argument with shopkeeper Baljit Lalli about him entering the shop.

“He wasn’t for leaving and various threats were issued.

“He said he was going to burn the shop down and this continued for 10 to 15 minutes before the police arrived.

“The shopkeeper didn’t see the knife and it wasn’t brandished.”

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Connelly pleaded guilty on Tuesday to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards Mr Lalli.

Kurt Reid, defending, told the court that Connelly had been drinking and went to the shop to buy more alcohol.