Court date for blackmail five
FIVE men were due in court today as part of an investigation into explosions at three North Staffordshire addresses.
Andrew Boal, aged 32, and Edvinas Sermutenes, aged 30, who both live in Northern Ireland, appeared at North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court yesterday after being charged with conspiracy to blackmail.
They were remanded in custody to appear at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court today.
They were due to appear alongside defendants Jason Taft, aged 40, of Bagnall, Thomas Leslie, aged 54, of County Down and Thomas Leslie, aged 34, also of County Down.
All three men are also charged with conspiracy to blackmail.
Staffordshire Police launched their investigation in August following explosions at houses in Weston Coyney, Blythe Bridge and Cheadle.