A 48-year-old man who planned to shoot Paul McCartney has been jailed...

A 48-year-old man who planned to shoot Paul McCartney to earn a million pounds has been jailed for 20 years.

The plot emerged during proceedings in the trial for robbery of Jimmy ‘The Ayatollah’ Phillips.

The Old Bailey in London heard yesterday how Phillips – described in press reports as “a mobster” – planned a scenario where an accomplice would shoot and wound McCartney whilst the star signed an autograph. Phillips would then leap forward and rescue the ex-Beatle, claiming a massive reward from the grateful McCartney.

Phillips went inside on seven counts of robbery and three of his associates were also jailed.