Six in court over wheel clamping

Five men and one woman accused of conspiracy to commit blackmail after a lengthy inquiry into a Redditch-based wheel clamping firm are to appear in court.

Simon Barry, Christopher Cartwight, Lloyd Isherwood, Andrew Minshull, Faisal Qadeer and Debbie Worton are all accused of plotting to blackmail motorists between January 2006 and May 2009.

They are accused of conspiring together with a view to gain for themselves or another to make unwarranted demands for money from drivers.

The defendants were charged after a joint investigation involving West Mercia Constabulary, Worcestershire’s trading standards department and the Security Industry Agency.

The inquiry, prompted by hundreds of complaints from members of the public, focused on the activities of Midland Parking Contracts, which operated across West Mercia, West Midlands, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

Minshull, 37, and Worton, 41, both of Hatfield Close, Redditch; Barry, 36, of Lilac Close, Evesham; Cartwright, 30, of Salisbury Drive, Kidderminster; Isherwood, 37, of Grovely Lane, Birmingham, and Qadeer, 33, of Mount Pleasant, Redditch, are all due to appear at Worcester Crown Court Today (Friday 13th January 2012).

All six are charged with conspiracy to blackmail and conspiracy to defraud.

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For legal reasons will Update on  Tuesday 21/2/2012  after the judge at Worcester Crown Court has sentenced them.