£1m Tesco blackmail plot man jailed

A FORMER tax inspector was jailed for six years today for a £1 million blackmail plot against supermarket chain Tesco, which included a Suffolk store.Philip McHugh, of Milton Avenue, Clitheroe, Lancashire, sent 76 letters threatening to bomb Tesco stores across Britain last summer.

A FORMER tax inspector was jailed for six years today for a £1 million blackmail plot against supermarket chain Tesco, which included a Suffolk store.

Philip McHugh, of Milton Avenue, Clitheroe, Lancashire, sent 76 letters threatening to bomb Tesco stores across Britain last summer.

The 52-year-old also threatened to contaminate Tesco products if they refused to comply with his demand for money.

Among the stores affected was Tesco in Bury St Edmunds.


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The judge at St Albans Crown Court said McHugh was guilty of a sustained and serious effort to extort money from the chain.

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