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London - For detectives on the trail of a blackmailer who threatened to plant a bomb in a busy town centre, the clue was in the crossword.
Because a former soldier who posted a note demanding that staff at Barclays bank hand over £150 000 or a bomb would be set off in “a very busy place in Lancashire” had very distinctive handwriting.
And when police tracked him down, they found an exact match in a newspaper crossword.
On Wednesday, Clifford Fleming, 65, was beginning a three-year jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to blackmail.
Preston Crown Court heard that he posted the note, which demanded that the cash be left outside a shop in Billington, overnight.
Counter-terrorism police were scrambled to the village and Fleming, a gambling addict heavily in debt, was seen picking up a bag at the “drop” site.
He was followed to his home in Clitheroe and arrested. - Daily Mail