Let-off for the blackmailing cabaret artiste

Brixton

A blackmailer who demanded cash from Lloyds bank when he was accidentally locked in a branch has been spared jail. Cabaret artist Christian Downing, 43, went into the Brixton office moments before it was due to shut to use their telephone. When he hung up the phone he found the bank empty and the alarm blaring in his ears. Downing can be seen on CCTV rummaging through banks to try and find keys to switch off the alarm. Customer support…

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