A MAN tried to burn down a Sheffield fish and chip shop after a dispute with its owners, a court heard.
Daniel Ellis, aged 29, tried to set Norwood Fish Bar ablaze on Herries Road in Norwood on September 3 last year.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Ellis told two members of the public who were near the shop that he was going to burn it down and they shouldn’t get involved.
Ellis, who was drunk, then dragged a wheelie bin from nearby Raisen Hall Road and set fire to it in front of the shutters before running away.
The witnesses called the fire brigade who extinguished the fire, which caused £725 worth of damage.
Ellis originally denied the offence to police, but later pleaded guilty to arson.
Andrew Sawby, defending, said: “This was an act of incredible stupidity while fuelled by alcohol.”
Ellis, of Wincobank Avenue, Wincobank, Sheffield, was given a two year jail sentence suspended for two years, and must not go within 100 yards of Norwood Fish Bar. He will also be under supervision from the probation service and undergo an alcohol treatment requirement.