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Matt Powell is the head chef at the Annwn in Narberth, Pembrokeshire He refused to pay an unknown person £50 to prevent false one-star reviews  Police could not investigate because sender had used a foreign number

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A Michelin star chef was hit with a number of false one-star reviews accompanied by photographs of dead rats after refusing to be blackmailed.

Matt Powell, owner and head chef at the Annwn in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, was threatened by an unknown number on WhatsApp, just four months after his resteraunt had opened.

The sender claimed these critiques would appear unless the 45-year-old handed over £50.

The chef blocked the number and saw a barrage of false one-star reviews appear  online, which also included shots of rotten eggs and dismembered animal heads apparently served up as food.

He contacted the police, who said they could not investigate allegations of blackmail because the sender had used a foreign number.

Matt Powell, owner and head chef at the Annwn in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, was threatened by an unknown number on WhatsApp

Matt Powell, owner and head chef at the Annwn in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, was threatened by an unknown number on WhatsApp

Mr Powell, runs the Annwn with his partner, Naomi Andrews, serving ingredients foraged from the Pembrokeshire coast

Mr Powell, runs the Annwn with his partner, Naomi Andrews, serving ingredients foraged from the Pembrokeshire coast

The venue has been a big hit with the critics, being named one of the country's 20 most exciting places to eat and added to the Michelin Guide this year

The venue has been a big hit with the critics, being named one of the country's 20 most exciting places to eat and added to the Michelin Guide this year

After the Michelin chef blocked the number, he saw a barrage of false one-star reviews appeared online

After the Michelin chef blocked the number, he saw a barrage of false one-star reviews appeared online

After he blocked the number, Mr Powell received another message, which said: 'Hello brother, I need the work of just £50 from you.

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