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Man admits Coleen Rooney blackmail plot

Coleen Rooney
Coleen Rooney lost her mobile phone, thought to have contained family photographs, at a concert

A 28-year-old man has admitted blackmailing Coleen Rooney, the wife of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Lee Platt, from Manchester, also admitted handling a stolen camera when he appeared at Manchester Crown Court.

Mrs Rooney lost her mobile phone, thought to have contained family photographs, at a Black Eyed Peas concert last year.

It is understood she accidentally left her phone at the Manchester Evening News Arena last May.

Mrs Rooney was allegedly later contacted with a request for money to have the phone returned.

Jennifer Green, 25, of Heaton Park Road, Blackley, and Steven Malcolm, 42, of Silkin Court, both Manchester, also appeared in court and denied the same charges.

Jennifer Green and Steven Malcolm will face trial in December over the same charges

They were both released on bail and a trial date was set for 12 December.

Platt, also of Heaton Park Road, is currently in custody and will be sentenced after the trial.

Mrs Rooney married her footballer husband, whom she met when they were both at school in Liverpool, on the Italian Riviera in 2008.

He scored a hat-trick in Manchester United's 8-2 win against Arsenal on Sunday and is in the England squad for their European championship qualifier away to Bulgaria this Friday.

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