Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.


Blackmail charges follow wheel-clamp probe

A total of six people have been charged with conspiracy to commit blackmail after a lengthy inquiry into a wheel-clamping firm, police said today.

The charges against five men and a woman were announced by West Mercia Constabulary after a joint investigation which also involved Worcestershire's trading standards department and the Security Industry Agency.

A police spokesman said the inquiry had focused on the activities of Redditch-based Midland Parking Contracts, now known as iWatch Security Services Ltd, which operated across the West Mercia, West Midlands, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire areas.

Those charged, who have not been named, will appear before magistrates in Redditch next Tuesday.