Two men have been sentenced over an illegal car clamping scam which brought in an estimated £350,000.
Carlton Williams, 47 and Lee Stagg, 43 duped motorists by illegally removing vehicles and charging large amounts of money for them to be released.
The scam affected motorists across the South West and the south coast, Taunton Crown Court heard.
Williams was jailed for five-and-half years after being found guilty of conspiracy to blackmail.
A three-year sentence was handed to Stagg after admitting conspiracy to blackmail, while another man - 30-year-old Michael Riddle - also admitted conspiracy to blackmail and was jailed for 18 months.
Williams and Stagg also pleaded guilty to demanding money with menaces from motorists between 2005 to 2008, benefit fraud, income tax and national insurance evasion, as well aggressive trading offences.
Riddle admitted demanding money with menaces from motorists during the same period.
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