blackmailersTHREE members of a Lithuanian gang said to have demanded £10,000 cash from a man with threats and weapons “over a debt” have been jailed for a total of six-and-a- half years.

Burnley Crown Court heard how terrified factory worker Donatos Malciiaukas, a fellow countryman, was blackmailed and kidnapped by five men, including Ruslan Sivoborod, 31, Albertas Filatovas, 37, Rimas Vilkevicius, 36, and Gediminas Paskevicius, 37.

He had been told he would be cut up, and beaten, if he didn’t go with them.

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