Filed: Tuesday, 8th November 2011
By: Staff Writer
Police have confirmed that they are continuing to investigate claims that Tottenham used illegal surveillance methods in order to spy on OPLC and West Ham United staff.
Both West Ham and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) recently made complaints to Police regarding Tottenham's alleged use of private investigators to obtain personal material.
Today, the Police confirmed that their investigations are continuing, with a spokesman for Scotland Yard stating: "We can confirm that West Ham Football Club and the Olympic Park Legacy Company have made allegations to the Metropolitan police service in respect of the unlawful obtaining of personal information.
"These allegations have been assessed and an investigation has now commenced by officers from the economic and specialist crime command."
Meanwhile OPLC chairman Baroness Margaret Ford launched a scathing attack on Tottenham when questioned over the allegations. "The thing that I have learned in the last 12 months is that there has been all kinds of behaviour," she blasted.
"There has been legal challenges and people have stood behind it anonymously – all kinds of things have happened.
"My board were put under surveillance by Tottenham Hotspur and the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur felt confident enough to say that in the Sunday Times several months ago that all 14 members of my board were put under surveillance.
"The Metropolitan police are now conducting an investigation into that surveillance. There has been all kinds of behaviour here that I could not have anticipated which, believe me, has not been pleasant in the last 12 months."
Despite the evidence to the contrary, Tottenham continue to insist they they have done no wrong. However that failed to stop Baroness Ford, speaking about the Olympic Stadium and the hunt for a new tenant, launching into a second attack on the north London club today.
"I am expecting the unexpected because that is what the last 12 months has taught me," she said. "If people want then to be vexatious, frivolous and vindictive or whatever they want – they will do that."
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