A MAN has appeared in court charged with blackmail.
Jacob Miller Barton, 58, is alleged to have telephoned a County Durham man and threatened to expose him as a paedophile unless he paid him £30,000.
No charges were put to Barton during a preliminary hearing at Durham Crown Court.
The case was adjourned until August 31. Barton, of Merrys, Douglas, Isle of Man, was remanded in custody.