Long sentence expected for man who threatened to blow up police

Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background

Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background

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A man who threatened to blow up officers and told them he knew a convicted police firebomber has been warned he faces an “awfully long” jail term.

Norman Simpson was arrested following a drink-fuelled disturbance at a block of flats in Montrose with his brother Callum.

While being transported in a police car he told officers he knew Billy Handy - referring to William Handy, last month jailed for five-and-a-half years for torching a police officer’s car as it sat on his driveway.

Fiscal depute Kirsten Thomson told Forfar Sheriff Court: “During the course of his journey to Arbroath Police Office he threatened officers.

“He said, ‘I’m going to blow your van up.’

“I know Billy Handy and what happened to David Farr and Ross Clark.

“I can get my hands on guns.”

Simpson, 32, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner on July 15 by threatening the officers.

Businessman Handy and personal trainer Craig Guest were jailed for a total of 11 years for setting fire to PC David Farr’s car at Ballumbie in 2014.

Sheriff Gregor Murray deferred sentence until October to await the outcome of other cases involving Simpson.

He said: “Police doing their job in society don’t need comments of the sort you made.

“They are entitled to take them very seriously.

“Especially given the names you used.

“I can warn you now you are going to jail for an awfully long time on this.”