A man who admitted blackmailing men meeting for sex has been jailed for three and a half years.

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

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.

He extorted a total of £1,560 from three men, some of whom were married. The offences were committed in May and June this year.

Creamer, of Havant, Hampshire, admitted three charges of blackmail and one of impersonating a police officer.

Sentencing, Judge Peter Henry at Portsmouth crown court said: “The people you were targeting undoubtedly would have been in that frame of mind where they weren’t going to think straight.You were relying on the fact they were going to panic and pay the money.”