Ex-Royal Marine Commando charged with burgling the UAE’s London embassy in £3million blackmail plot

AN ex-Royal Marine Commando has been charged with burgling the UAE’s London embassy.

He is also accused over a linked £3million blackmail plot with stolen documents.

Lee Hurford, 48, is jointly accused with the embassy’s head of security Dean Manister, 50.

Hurford, a close protection guard who was also employed there, allegedly stole financial documents after breaking into a secure area with Manister’s help.

He is also charged with stealing almost £70,000 in cash, passports and a security card.

They are accused of demanding £3million from a VIP for the documents.

Manister, of Colchester, appeared at Westminster JPs on charges including conspiracy to blackmail and aiding burglary.

Hurford appeared via video from his Leeds home charged with burglary, conspiracy to blackmail and theft by employee.

They will appear at Southwark crown court on February 10.

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