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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12:50PM 15th Nov 2011
''Its a shame we cant develop the Boleyn Ground e.g. East Stand/Chicken Run into a 45-50,000 seater as it's been our home for over 100 years. The Olympic Stadium's a dream but personally I think it's too big for us.''
11:45AM 9th Nov 2011
''The Government made an anonymous complaint AGAINST THEIR OWN DECISION?
You are aware that the complaint will only be anonymous to the public - the EU will have a record of who it is. So I don't imagine anyone from the Government has got in touch and asked them to come down against them.
Love the horse graphic that always accompanies these stories btw.''
by Robin Essex
09:05PM 8th Nov 2011
''I believe there are things that need to be answered by Spurs as it was obvious from the start they didnt want the Olympic Stadium. At all costs, West Ham wouldn't have it either as there would be a strong chance West Ham would become a 'bigger club' and have more muscle in the transfer market and within 15 years win the Premier League!''
by g portugal
08:38PM 8th Nov 2011
''Is your grasp of English that poor Alan? The Met are not conducting an investigation into "your big club" to have a laugh, or because they believe Spurs or Silver Spoon Levy to be good Samaritans. You made your bed Al, and so did Levy. So lie in it. And don 't moan about the bedbugs biting.
You treat us with contempt "Al"? We'll treat you accordingly. And that shambles of a North London owner completely lacking in dignity or decency.''
02:26PM 8th Nov 2011
''"Despite the evidence to the contrary" What evidence is this? I realise you are the unofficial mouth-piece behind West Ham but do you not have an integrity in your reporting? The only evidence is accusations.
As Levy has managed so far, despite the OPLC and West Ham's denials, is that the loan offered by Newham to West Ham deserved further review. He openly took this matter to court, why on earth would he do anything annoymously when he is going through an expensive legal process?
More likely, the complaint came from either Newham themselves or the Government to end the initial bid process without accepting responsibility which would have made them liable to Spurs for the cost of the tender. ''