Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tesco Letter Bomber Jailed for 16 Years

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tesco Letter Bomber Jailed for 16 Years

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Byline: STANDARD REPORTER

A BLACKMAILER who waged a six-month letter bomb campaign against Tesco was today jailed for 16 years.

Single parent Robert Dyer, 51, sent numerous letters to Tesco in Ferndown, Dorset, demanding a reward card that could withdraw [pound]1,000 at a time from cash machines and threatening to escalate bomb attacks if his demands were not met.

Tesco had 100,000 cards made to meet Dyer's demands. His first blackmail letter, read out in court, stated: "Follow my instructions or your customers will be at risk. It is not my wish to hurt anyone but I will do whatever is necessary to get what I want."

Derwin Hope, prosecuting at Dorchester crown court, said that Dyer, who lived with his two teenage daughters in Bournemouth, had tried to cover his tracks by wearing kitchen gloves when handling letters and using water to fix on stamps to avoid DNA evidence.

But from the moment his campaign began he made mistakes, leaving a copy of his first demand letter in a newsagent's. …

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