Warrant issued in extortion case

Gunn, Stewart and Williamson all denied a charge of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner at Dundee Sheriff Court on Monday
Gunn, Stewart and Williamson all denied a charge of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner at Dundee Sheriff Court on Monday

An Arbroath man is being hunted by police after he failed to turn up to face charges over an alleged £117,000 extortion plot.

Bradley Long was due to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court today (Tuesday) over an alleged four year scheme.

He is accused of extorting £81,306.01 from a man between May 2011, and June 2014, - then attempting to extort a further £36,500 from him between October 2014, and March 2015.

Prosecutors allege he threatened the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with violence and damage to his property.

It is further claimed that Long threatened the man that he would “reveal private information to his family” in the attempt to extort the further £36,500.

Long is also accused of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards the man on a date in March 2015, being in possession of cannabis when he was detained by police and being concerned in the supply of cocaine between May 2011, and March 9 2015.

Long, 30, whose address was given on court documents as Priory Crescent, Arbroath, but who is understood to live in London, did not turn up for a pre-trial hearing to face the charges on indictment.

Billy Rennie, defending, said: “I haven’t seen him since last year and haven’t had any communication.”

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC granted a warrant for his arrest.