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Three Men Arrested in London Olympic Spying Case, Police Say

Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Three men were arrested by U.K. police as part of an investigation into allegations that private detectives hired by Tottenham soccer club spied on the organizers of the 2012 Olympics and West Ham United.

Richard Forrest, 30, of Crawley outside London, and Lee Stewart, 39, of the London suburb of Esher, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and will appear in court on Nov. 28, according to an e-mailed statement from the Met Police.

Howard Hill, 58, of Stockport, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, one with Forrest and one with Stewart.

Last November, Margaret Ford, chairwoman of the OPLC, told the London Assembly that Tottenham monitored all members of the committee. Spurs were trying to win rights to use the Olympic stadium after this year’s Games, while the OPLC awarded the site to West Ham and Newham borough. Tottenham has denied that it spied on the board.

The U.K. government had agreed to sell the facility to the east London team and Newham after the Games. An anonymous complaint to the European Commission and north London rival soccer club Tottenham’s challenge in U.K. courts delayed the process.

The government in September 2011 said it will retain ownership of the facility after legal challenges. The OPLC is looking for tenants for the 537 million-pound ($863 million) facility, and West Ham has said it may try to rent the stadium.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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