Ransom Demand“At one point he thought that there might be a shoot-out.”

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The note that arrived at the Department of Agriculture didn’t beat around the bush. It said, “This is a demand for £5 million”. If the demand was not met, the note went on, its authors would unleash a potentially catastrophic outbreak of foot and mouth disease. If this sounds like the start of a pitch for a new Netflix thriller – and it sort of …