F1 Ta­mara’s black­mailer gets 4 years

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FOR­MULA One heiress Ta­mara Ec­cle­stone’s former fi­ancé has been jailed for four years for at­tempt­ing to black­mail her out of £200,000.

Derek Rose, 33, had threat­ened to re­veal “in­ti­mate se­crets” about the daugh­ter of bil­lion­aire F1 boss Bernie Ec­cle­stone.

Rose ( above) went out with Miss Ec­cle­stone, now 28, in 2002 be­fore he dis­cov­ered she had cheated on him.

He sent his bul­ly­ing de­mands in an email to the wealthy star’s agent, Dana Malm­strom, say­ing “one of the big­gest tabloids” had made a “life-chang­ing of­fer” for a kiss-and-tell story.

But in re­al­ity, no news­pa­per had ap­proached him.

Dressed in a grey suit jacket, blue jeans and white train­ers, Rose, from Cam­den, north Lon­don, sat stony faced as sen­tence was passed on him at South­wark Crown Court.

Judge An­drew Goymer said: “It was noth­ing more than a cyn­i­cal and greedy at­tempt to ex­tract a large sum of money.”

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