£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.

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