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Trailer park gang's campaign of terror; COURT: Thugs frightened OAPs into selling up their pounds 75k homes.

Byline: By Paul Bradley

A "COLD-hearted"

gang has been convicted of carrying out a sustained campaign of terror against elderly and vulnerable residents of a mobile home park.

A jury heard how seven men had targeted The Glen mobile home park in Barnt Green, near Bromsgrove, in a series of arson attacks in a bid to bring down the pounds 1.6 million selling price.

The intimidation, which also included verbal abuse and harassmen, caused so much stress for the elderly and frail occupants of that four agreed to sell their pounds 75,000 homes for just pounds 1.

Today, the men, all from Leicester, were facing lengthy prison sentences after being convicted for a range of offences including, arson, blackmail and fraud.

Anthony Bernard Tully, 60, was convicted of two charges of conspiracy to commit arson and one of conspiracy to commit blackmail.

His son, Anthony John Tully, 38, pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit blackmail.

Douglas Guildford, 42, was cleared of conspiracy to commit blackmail, but admitted conspiracy to commit arson.Brothers John Doherty, 29, and Simey Doherty, 21, admitted two charges of conspiracy to commit arson, conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to blackmail.

Jurors at Worcester Crown Court were unable to reach a verdict on charges of conspiracy to commit blackmail which were denied by David Hallam and Luke Hardy.

Judge Alistair McCreath ordered these to lie on file.

Hallam had previously pleaded guilty of two charges of conspiracy to commit arson and Hardy had previously pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit arson.

In the early hours of the February 27, 2007, two unoccupied homes at the site were burned to the ground.

The Doherty brothers' campaign continued until the owners of the park knocked off more than pounds 260,000 off the original asking price.

Det Insp Mark Colquhoun, of West Mercia Constabulary, said: "These were despicable offences aimed at victimising some of the most vulnerable members of our community."
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