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Tamara Ecclestone left paranoid by bogus kidnap plot

On Friday (07Sep12), Martin Peckham, 41, was jailed for five years for attempting to blackmail the brunette beauty’s famous father, Formula 1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone, after falsely claiming a Middle Eastern gang would abduct his daughter unless he paid a $320,000 (£200,000) ransom.

Peckham, who was arrested in July (12), admitted a charge of blackmail.

A statement from Tamara was read out during a hearing at Southwark Crown Court in London, and she revealed she has been left feeling wary and paranoid.

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The 28 year old said in the statement, “I do not feel safe when I go out, or even when I’m home. I have security around me 24 hours a day. I’ve become paranoid; I have to have all my windows and doors checked twice, and I keep my going out to a bare minimum. I feel trapped.”

In his own statement, Bernie Ecclestone added, “At the time it (the alleged kidnap plot) seemed very serious, but I was pleased to know that it was basically an amateur trying to extract money.”

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