Alison Hammond: Police arrest a 36-year-old man on suspicion of blackmail after she ‘handed over thousands of pounds’
- This Morning host reportedly told pals an ex-friend demanded £3,500 from her
- West Midlands Police say a man, 36, has been arrested on suspicion of blackmail
A man has been arrested on suspicion of blackmail after TV star Alison Hammond allegedly handed over thousands of pounds in cash to a former friend over a terrifying eight-month ordeal.
West Midlands Police confirmed earlier today that they had launched an investigation into a blackmail plot against the ITV presenter.
And this evening, they have said that a 36-year-old man has been arrested from an address in Warwickshire on suspicion of blackmail against a woman in her 40s.
The man remains in custody and is being questioned by police.
This Morning Host Alison Hammond, 48, has claimed a blackmailer demanded £3,500 following a terrifying 8 month ordeal
Police today said they ‘take reports of this kind very seriously’ and ‘enquiries are progressing swiftly’.
According to The Sun, Alison also handed over a £5,000 BMW.
The presenter gathered the courage to report the incident to police earlier this week, telling the publication that she had ‘reached the end.’
Alison reported the situation to West Midlands Police on Tuesday this week, where she showed detectives the messages she had received.
The new Great British Bake Off host is said to have fought back tears and claimed that she ‘trusted’ the man
The new Great British Bake Off host is said to have fought back tears and claimed that she had ‘trusted’ the man when speaking to a friend.
It is claimed the man took advantage of Alison’s kind nature and they forged an unlikely friendship.
Things reached boiling point for Alison when she is said to have told a colleague last week: ‘I had to realise I’d reached the end and go to the police.’
A former holiday rep, Alison first appeared on British TV screens as a contestant on the third series of Big Brother in 2002
According to The Sun, Alison had also handed over a £5,000 BMW
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Alison for comment.
Birmingham-born Alison shares a teenage son called Aiden with her ex-husband Noureddine Boufaied.
A former holiday rep, she first appeared on British TV screens as a contestant on the third series of Big Brother in 2002, which she later admitted she had only signed up for in a bid to clear a £3,000 debt.
Her bubbly personality and warmth soon landed her a spot on This Morning after ITV bosses saw her potential.
Her career has since gone from strength to strength, recently landing hosting jobs at the BAFTAs and on GBBO.