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Three charged over Olympic stadium bid spy claims

The Olympic stadium from the air
Image caption Olympic officials were allegedly spied on during the bidding process

Three people have been charged over allegations of spying during the bid for the Olympic stadium.

West Ham United and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) alleged information was unlawfully obtained.

The three men are charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

The charges come after allegations that Tottenham Hotspur FC spied on Olympic officials during the bidding process. The club has denied the claims.

Richard Forrest, 30, of Furzefield, Crawley, Lee Stewart, 39, of More Lane in Esher, and Howard Hill, 58, of Shrigley Road South in Stockport, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 28 November.

All three are on bail.

Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient and West Ham had bid for the use of the stadium but Spurs lost out to West Ham in the race to become the OPLC's first choice to move into the stadium after the 2012 Games.

A deal with West Ham and Newham Council to use the stadium in Stratford, east London, collapsed in October 2011.

After the agreement collapsed the government announced that the stadium would remain in public ownership, but it will be rented out to an anchor tenant.

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