Blackmail charge

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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.