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Cheryl Cole death threat man who said he would blow up Celtic Park jailed

A man who threatened to kill singer Cheryl Cole, kill young girls in a primary school and blow up Celtic football stadium in a sectarian attack was jailed for two years yesterday.

Alan Linton (32) also admitted threatening to carry out a terror attack on Glasgow Airport.

The threats were made in a series of letters from Linton, from Carluke, Lanarkshire, last year.

Judge Lady Smith said: “The threats you made were very upsetting and distressing and could not be dismissed out of hand.”

She singled out the letter to Celtic Football Club and to the primary school.

She said: “In the letter to Celtic, you were threatening to blow it up, perpetrate terrible things that would happen to supporters of Celtic Football Club, referring particularly to their religious persuasion.”

The letter warned that supporters' “flesh would rise up”, Lady Smith told the court, leaving people and priests “screaming”.

The letter to the school saw him threaten to “splatter the blood” of young girl pupils all over the playground, she said.

The letter to the airport was signed “DOS”, which the court had previously been told stands for Disciple of Satan.

The court had heard that a letter to the Scottish Exhibition and Centre in Glasgow included the threat to kill singer Cole.

In sentencing, Lady Smith said that two months of the sentence was down to the religious aggravation of the offence.

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