SIX FACE TRIAL ON BLACKMAIL PLOT CHARGES.
SIX people accused of conspiracy to com mit blackmail after a lengthy inquiry into a wheel clamping firm have been committed for crown court trial.
Simon Barry, Christopher Cartwright, Lloyd Isherwood, Andrew Minshull, Faisal Qadeer and Debbie Worton are all accused of plotting to blackmail motorists between January 2006 and May last year.
All six are accused of conspiring together with a view to gain for themselves or another to make unwarranted demands for money from drivers.
The defendants were charged with the offence earlier this year after a joint investigation involving West Mercia Constabulary, Worcestershire's trading standards department and the Security Industry Agency.
Minshull, 37, and Worton, 41, both of Hatfield Close, Redditch; Barry, 36, of Lilac Close, Evesham; Cartwright, 30, of Salisbury Drive, Kidderminster; Isherwood, 37, of Groveley Lane, Birmingham, and Qadeer, 33, of Mount Pleasant, Redditch, were all ordered to appear at Worcester Crown Court on December 6.The defendants, who were not required to enter a plea, were granted conditional bail.
This week Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone revealed that wheel clampers are to be banned from operating on private land in England and Wales. The legislation, to be introduced in November, will introduce penalties for anyone clamping a vehicle or towing it away on private land. Motoring groups welcomed the news, but parking firms said regulation rather than a ban was the answer.
Accused: Faisal Qadeer. Accused:Debbie Worton. Accused: Simon Barry. Accused: Christopher Cartwright. Accused: Lloyd Isherwood. Accused: Andrew Minshull.