Alleged Stockport fraudster due in court after Spurs accused of spying on Olympic officials in stadium bid

By Mancunian Matters staff

A Stockport man is one of three due in court over allegations that Tottenham Hotspur had Olympic officials spied on during their stadium bid.

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 today.

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.

Picture courtesy of Daniel Coomber

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