Duncan Bannatyne wanted their arms broken
User @YuriVasilyev_ demanded £35,000 from the businessman, asking for confirmation that the payment would be made.
‘We will bring hurt and pain into your life,’ @YuriVasilyev_ Tweeted to Duncan, 62, yesterday.
‘We are watching her. She is very attractive. Want photos?’
The blackmailer, who claims to be representing ‘men from Belarus’, is reported to have been tracked down to an internet cafe in Moscow.
‘We do not give up,’ he says. ‘We will stand tall. You should have paid. £35,000 to stop it.’
Duncan was soon offering his 375,000 followers a £25,000 reward for his capture, adding: ‘Double if his arms are broken first.’
But his violent threat was criticised and the feisty Scotsmanlater removed the Tweet.
‘OK £30,000 reward for info leading to his arrest,’ he then Tweeted.
Durham Police confirmed last night that Duncan had reported the threats to them.