A Portsmouth man has admitted posing as a police officer to blackmail men meeting for gay sex.

Lee Creamer, 26, admitted extorting hundreds of pounds out of three men who were fearful their families would find out about their activities, the Portsmouth News reports.

He would go to areas such as Portsdown Hill and the Rock Gardens in Southsea dressed as a police officer and tell his victims they could either go to court or pay an on-the-spot fine. He would then drive them to cashpoints and give them a fake receipt and details of a course they had to attend.

The three offences took place in June, when Creamer took a total of £1,560 from three men, some of whom were married.

Appearing at Portsmouth crown court, he pleaded guilty to three charges of blackmail and one of impersonating a police officer.

Police believe he may have targeted many more men and are appealing for victims to come forward.

Detective Constable Graham Gray, of Portsmouth CID, said: ‘If you have been approached by this man make contact with us and we can protect your identity.

‘We know that he would go to Portsdown Hill and the Rock Gardens but there could be numerous other spots that he went to.’

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Graham Gray at Portsmouth CID on 101 or 08450 45 45 45.