A BRIDGWATER man who allegedly threatened to burn down a Yeovil flat belonging to a female friend after spending the night drinking and smoking cannabis then became abusive to two police officers who were called to the scene.

Troy Steven McAllister was said to have started arguing with the female at 7.30am after they had been up all night watching films.

He was then alleged to have made a threat towards her that he was going to burn her flat down while he was holding a knife in his hand.

McAllister, 25, of Friarn Avenue, pleaded guilty to being in possession of a quantity of cannabis (class B) at Yeovil on February 17.

He also admitted using towards a police constable threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause him to believe that immediate violence would be used against him.

He also admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards the other police officer when he was brought before Somerset Magistrates in custody.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to further offences of threatening Ella Costello-Gilbert that he would burn her flat down, intending her to fear the threat would be carried out, and also to assaulting the same complainant.

A review of the case was conducted and all matters were adjourned until April 3 when McAllister was ordered to return to the court at Yeovil to stand trial.

Until then he was released on conditional bail on the understanding he does not contact the complainant directly or indirectly or via social media.