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Coleen Rooney: Arrests in 'baby photos blackmail plot'

Wayne and Coleen Rooney
Image caption The couple had been at a concert at the MEN Arena when the camera was lost

Three people have been arrested by police investigating an alleged plot to blackmail Coleen Rooney.

The 24-year-old wife of Manchester United star Wayne, 25, was allegedly targeted after losing a camera full of pictures of their baby son, Kai.

The camera was accidentally left at the MEN Arena, in Manchester, after the couple went to a Black Eyed Peas concert last year.

Two men, 28 and 41, and a 25-year-old woman have been arrested and bailed.

Despite a search of the concert arena's VIP area after the gig in May, the camera could not be found and was not handed in.

'Very seriously'

Instead, the photos were allegedly offered for sale to a variety of newspapers.

Officers from British Transport Police (BTP), which is responsible for policing the arena next to Victoria railway station, were later called in.

A spokesman said: "We are investigating an allegation of blackmail which was reported to us in September 2010.

"As a result of those investigations we have arrested three people - two men and a woman.

"They are currently on police bail pending further inquiries."

The three people are due to answer bail on 9 March, when they will be questioned further.

Ian Monk, who acts as a spokesman for the couple, said: "Wayne and Coleen take their son's privacy very seriously and they cannot say anything else at this stage."

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