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Rooneys 'blackmailed over photos'

Coleen Rooney was subjected to a £5,000 blackmail plot involving hundreds of personal family photos on her stolen camera, a court has heard.

The cash was demanded from the celebrity wife of Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney in return for her Samsung digital camera which contained more than 400 photos on the memory card, a jury heard.

One snap allegedly showed Wayne Rooney "p****d or stoned and on all fours", Manchester Crown Court heard.

Other photos showed the couple's son Kai, family holidays and their home and wider family, which were all touted for sale to newspapers and magazines.

Jennifer Green, 25, and Steven Malcolm, 42, deny handling stolen goods and blackmail between August 13 and September 11, 2010.

Green's partner Lee Platt has already pleaded guilty to both charges.

An undercover police officer, known only as Pc James, told the court he posed as a representative for the Rooneys willing to pay up to get the photos back.

He telephoned "Liam Price" - a false name allegedly used by the defendants in negotiations, and was asked by prosecutor Deborah Gould if there was "any indication" of what was on the memory card.

Pc James replied: "He stated, trying to add value to the item, he was saying Wayne was p****d or stoned and on all fours in the photograph. As if to say they were more valuable, to get the photographs back."

The officer said he was told the price was £5,000, take it or leave it, as the cash would have to be split between three or four people and the gang "would be offered double by the paparazzi".


From Belfast Telegraph