Three arrests in Rooney 'blackmail' plot

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Police are investigating an alleged plot to blackmail Coleen Rooney.

The wife of Manchester United and England star Wayne, 25, was the subject of a plot by three people who demanded a reported "five-figure" sum for handing over private pictures of the couple's baby son Kai.

The photos were on a camera which was accidentally left at the MEN Arena, in Manchester, when the couple went to a gig by US band the Black Eyed Peas last May.

Despite a search of the concert arena's VIP area, the camera was not handed in and instead the photos reportedly offered for sale to a variety of newspapers.

The photos were family snaps of the 14-month-old toddler, of whom the couple are said to be very protective despite their superstar status.

But police were called in last September and two men and a woman were arrested and are now on police bail.

During the prolonged investigation, Mrs Rooney, 24, is understood to have co-operated with British Transport Police (BTP), who are responsible for policing the venue next to Manchester's Victoria railway station.

She could be called to give evidence if the people involved are charged and the matter goes to trial.

A spokesman for BTP said today: "We are currently investigating an allegation of blackmail following an incident reported to us in September last year.

"As a result, three people - two men and a woman - are currently on police bail pending further inquiries."