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Father jailed for Kinloss toy gun threats

Image caption Neal Todd made the threats to people in Kinloss

A man who threatened to "turn Kinloss into Afghanistan" while armed with a toy gun has been jailed.

Father-of-three Neal Todd, 49, pointed it at people outside a pub in the Moray village and threatened to "kill everyone" following a row.

Todd was found guilty of possessing the imitation weapon, which could fire small ball bearings, and making others believe he would use a Magnum handgun.

He was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

The incident happened in March near the RAF Kinloss base.

'Cause alarm'

Defence lawyer Bill Adam said: "He has always had a fondness for the military.

"There was never any physical threat to anyone. It was very much a toy gun and was not capable of inflicting any injuries.

"Mr Todd does recognise that the behaviour would cause alarm."

Sheriff Annella Cowan praised a serviceman who tried to keep people calm.

She made a supervised release order for nine months after Todd's release.

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