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Spurs: Three arrested as Olympic Stadium battle hots up

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The potential use of the Olympic Stadium for football is back at the top of the agenda for the Olympic Legacy Committeee. On a day that it was revealed that Orient owner, Barry Hearn is to meet London Mayor, Boris Johnstome to put their case for sharing the Olympic Stadium - probably with West Ham - comes the news that three men have been charged with fraud. This follows an investigation surrounding allegations that Tottenham Hotspur spied on Olympic officials during their stadium bid.
 
Detectives have been investigating the claims made by West Ham United Football Club and the Olympic Park Legacy Company.
The trio have been charged with fraud over allegations of unlawful obtaining of information linked to the Olympic Park.

Richard Michael Forrest, 30, Lee Stewart, 39, and Howard Hill, 58, are all due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on November 28.
 
Forrest, from Crawley, West Sussex, and Stewart, from Esher in Surrey, are both accused of conspiracy with Hill to commit fraud by false representation.

The north London club denied putting officials under surveillance.

There was a deal with West Ham and Newham Council to use the stadium in Stratford, east London, after the 2012 Games, but that collapsed in October last year.

Tottenham had already lost out to West Ham in the race to become the OPLC's first choice to move into the stadium after the Olympics.

Challenges by Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient, plus an anonymous complaint to the European Commission, led to fears that court action could drag on for years while the stadium remained empty.

With the possibilty of American Football also being a potential user the issue for the Leagacy Committee is getting the balance right.
 
 
 


 

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