Stockport man charged with fraud after allegations Tottenham Hotspur had Olympic bid officials spied on

By Dean Wilkins

A Stockport man is one of three being charged with fraud after allegations that Tottenham Hotspur has Olympic officials spied on during the club’s bid for the London 2012 stadium.

Howard Hill, 58, of Stockport, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation – Richard Forrest, 30, of Crawley and Lee Stewart, 39, of Surrey, are also accused of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

The trio were arrested by police following an investigation into claims made by West Ham and Olympic Park Legacy Company chairwoman Baroness Ford that Tottenham had hired accountancy firm PKF to investigate the bid.

Spurs denied allegations that they had all 14 Olympics officials responsible for the future of the stadium put under surveillance.

Hill, a former employee of PKF, Forrest and Lee are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on November 28.


Premier League returners West Ham clinched the winning bid to have the Olympic Park stadium following the London 2012 Games – the deal eventually collapsed in October 2011.

The government are now keeping the stadium in public ownership and it will be rented out to host international entertainment and sports events.


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