An amateur attempt to blackmail the Ecclestone Family has ended up in the Southwark Crown Court with a 41-year-old dental technician Martin Peckham pleading guilty to demanding £200,000 from Ecclestone, claiming that he had kidnapped Bernie’s daughter Tamara. Peckham came up with the idea after hearing of a similar scam on television. Judge Alistair McCreath will pass sentence in September. A long sentence is expected. Ecclestone went straight to the police.
In February Tamara gave evidence in an other alleged blackmail case, in which it is claimed two men tried to get £200,000 by threatening to reveal secrets of her sex life. The pair deny the allegations.