Man admits blackmail bid over travellers' camp at brewery

A man has pleaded guilty to blackmailing the boss of a brewery after a group of travellers set up camp on its premises.

Monday, 19th November 2018, 4:42 pm
Updated Monday, 19th November 2018, 5:49 pm
The arrests were made as part of a pre-planned operation which saw officers carry out dawn raids at an address in Leverhulme, Bolton

Thomas Ward, 43, admitted demanding £20,000 from Thwaites Brewery chief executive officer Richard Bailey with menaces in May this year.

Read More

Read More
Five arrested after large scale damage at Thwaites Brewery

Two other defendants, John Ward, 33, also of Aspull Common, and a 17-year-old male who cannot be named for legal reasons, also admitted the conspiracy offences.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

A fourth defendant, Patrick Ward, 32, of Aspull Common, accused of the same conspiracy offences, did not attend Monday's hearing. His trial will proceed in his absence on Tuesday morning.

More than £200,000 worth of damage is estimated to have been caused to the brewery when a group of around 100 members of the travelling community set up camp over the bank holiday weekend.

Thomas Ward and John Ward will be sentenced on Thursday.