Three charged with fraud in ‘Olympic spy’ inquiry

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Three people have been charged with fraud over allegations that Tottenham Hotspur Football Club spied on Olympic officials during its stadium bid.

Detectives have been investigating claims made by West Ham and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC).

OPLC chairwoman Baroness Ford claimed last November that Spurs had all 14 members of her board monitored by private investigators.

The north London club denied putting officials under surveillance. Last year, the High Court was told that accountancy firm PKF was instructed by Spurs to carry out an investigation linked to the bid.

Howard Hill, 58, from Stockport in Greater Manchester, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation – one with Richard Michael Forrest, 30, and the other with Lee Stewart, 39.

Forrest, from Crawley, West Sussex, and Stewart, from Esher in Surrey, are both accused of conspiracy with Hill to commit fraud by false representation.