POLICE have launched an investigation over a sinister blackmail plot towards Alison Hammond.
The Solar revealed how This Morning star Alison handed over hundreds of kilos to the so-called good friend.
Alison, 48, additionally purchased the offender a £5,000 BMW after he threatened to “smash” her if she did not cough up.
West Midlands Police at the moment confirmed an investigation had been launched.
Cops revealed they’re taking the allegations “very severely” and the probe is “progressing swiftly”.
New Bake Off host Alison confirmed officers the sinister blackmail messages this week after summoning the braveness to report him.
Pals revealed how the star was scared for her household after blocking funds to the blackmailer following an eight-month ordeal.
Blinking again tears, she advised a pal: “I trusted this man who, it seems, was solely all in favour of my cash.
“I believed he valued our friendship. I now know he solely needed me to fund his lifetime of luxurious.”
Regardless of the person’s points with medicine, he and Alison solid an unlikely friendship.
She says she provided to pay for him to attend rehab — just for him to make the most of her caring nature.
She advised the pal: “Out of the blue he mentioned he might inform lies to make folks suppose much less of me. It was alarming.
“I’m a really beneficiant individual and was completely happy to spend cash on him. I needed to assist him.”
Alison tried to interrupt off the friendship a number of instances however he at all times wheedled his approach again into her life.
The scammer threatened to “inform the world” lies about Alison that might derail her glittering profession.
The threats and exploitation to reached breaking level final week – forcing the courageous presenter to report him.
She advised a colleague: “He despatched me a message stating that if I didn’t give him £3,500 he would smash me.
“I used to be flabbergasted. I’m nonetheless in shock. To have a good friend looking for to blackmail and extort me is simply heartbreaking.
“I needed to realise I’d reached the top and go to the police.”
Alison rose to fame after she appeared on the third collection of Large Brother in 2002.
Her bubbly character helped win her a legion of followers and he or she landed a spot on This Morning.
Alison has additionally appeared on I’m A Celeb and Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.