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Online blackmail investigation: Man arrested in England and brought to Northern Ireland

Published 17/12/2015

Police are investigating online blackmail.
Police are investigating online blackmail.

A man has been arrested in England and brought to Northern Ireland for questioning by PSNI officers investigating an online blackmail plot.

The 46-year-old was arrested in the Northampton area yesterday by officers working alongside the Northamptonshire Police and East Midlands Special Operations Unit.

He has been taken to a police station in Belfast for questioning and is being held on suspicion of blackmail, harassment and fraud by misrepresentation.

Detective Chief Inspector Douglas Grant, from Serious Crime Branch, said: “Our investigation began after a woman in Northern Ireland made a complaint about online exploitation.

"The investigation resulted in yesterday’s arrest of a suspect for blackmail, harassment and fraud by misrepresentation.

"Our enquiries are continuing.”

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