The defendants appealed their sentences after findings of guilt for blackmail, arising from their activities as wheel clampers. The judge said that blackmail is an ugly, serious offence. Both of the appellants knew full well what they were doing. He described how they dealt with motorists in an arrogant, bullying and abhorrent manner.
Held: The sentence of four years imprisonment was, on the facts too long, and three years was substituted.
Waller LJ, Butterfield LJ, Underhill LJ
 EWCA Crim 735
Theft Act 1968
England and Wales
Updated: 01 June 2021; Ref: scu.246051