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An attempt by a 26-year-old man to set fire to a petrol station could have had tragic result in a highly-populated area of Dumfries.

A court heard that, fortunately, Andrew Nicol's actions mainly fizzled out, though damage was caused at the Jet Garage at Border Cars INTERREGLEs Street.

He caused further damage by setting fire to a canopy at the Palmerston Cafe in nearby Glasgow Street.

And then he set fire to a car at Benvenuto at Eastfield Road by igniting an item and placing it in the vehicle.

In the dock, Nicol, of Poplar Road, Dumfries, admitted setting fire to a fuel pump and a cage containing gas canisters at the Jet Garage.

He also admitted charges relating to the canopy at the Palmerston Cafe and the car at Benvenuto on January 10.

He also pleaded guilty to throwing a stone through a window at Benvenuto and a car.

In addition, he admitted assaulting a man at Poplar Road on Boxing Day, punching him to the ground and continuing the attack as his victim lay there.

Fiscal depute Jennifer McGill said the movements of Nicol's bid to cause damage were traced on CCTV.

She added that experts said the method he had used at the garage were unlikely to be successful but there were gas canisters in that area of the premises.

Sheriff Brian Mohan called for background reports and deferred sentence to April 16 with Nicol remanded in custody.

| A sheriff has clamped down on a 33-year-old man found by police in possession of a knife in Annan and jailed him for 10 months.

Sheriff Brian Mohan at Dumfries point out that Scott Thomson had a record which involved High Court matter and assault at jury level and it gave him considerable concern.

Thomson, of George Street, Annan, admitted having a sharply pointed lock-knife in his possession at nearby Johnstone Street in January.

He had been stopped by police for a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act and the knife was found.

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
Date:Mar 22, 2019
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