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Tottenham Hotspur private investigator arrested in Olympic Stadium row swoop

A private investigator retained by Tottenham Hotspur who obtained West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady’s telephone records at the height of the Olympic Stadium bidding process has been arrested on suspicion of fraud offences.

Karren Brady - Tottenham Hotspur private investigator arrested in Olympic Stadium row swoop

Olympic row: West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady’s telephone records were obtained by a private investigator, who has now been arrested Photo: PA

Howard Hill, a former partner at accountancy firm PKF, was arrested on Wednesday in Cheshire and taken into custody. Police searched a residential address and removed documents.

PKF and Hill, a senior corporate investigator, were engaged by Tottenham to carry out unspecified investigations at the culmination of the bidding process for the stadium, which was won by West Ham. Hill resigned from the company in December.

West Ham called in the police after an exposé appeared in the Sunday Times revealing that a director of the Olympic Park Legacy Company had undertaken paid consultancy work for the club.

The story referred to information gleaned from private telephone records, and in a civil action brought by West Ham last November PKF admitted that it did have copies of Brady’s records.

The court heard that PKF admitted Hill and two colleagues had passed the telephone records to the Sunday Times.

In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: “On 11 January 2012 a man, 57, was arrested at an address in Cheshire on suspicion of fraud offences and was taken into custody at a Cheshire police station. He was later bailed to return in Feb. 2012 pending further inquiries. As part of their inquiries detectives conducted a search of the residential property.”

On Friday night PKF said in a statement: “Howard Hill resigned from the firm on Dec 15 and we have not had any communication with him since.”

Two other men were arrested in connection with the case last November, a 29 year-old from Sussex and a 39 year-old from Surrey. Both were bailed until mid-February.

In court PKF and Hill denied being “engaged in any unlawful activity” to obtain the phone records or employing any third parties to do so.

Lawyers for Tottenham told the court that the club had not received a copy of Brady’s phone records, and in a statement denied any involvement in illegal activity.

“Tottenham Hotspur did not instruct PKF to engage in any unlawful activity and PKF have confirmed that they did not,” it said in a statement.

Baroness Ford, the chairman of the OPLC, has also alleged that her board were put under surveillance by Tottenham, a claim denied by the club, which described it as “appalling”.

 
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Allardyce turns to Sordell to lend weight to West Ham title bid

Watford striker could make the short move across London to bolster the Hammers’ attack

Allardyce turns to Sordell to lend weight to West Ham title bid

Fancied for promotion before a ball was kicked this season, West Ham have managed to achieve a level of consistency that has seen them rise to a position as joint-league leaders.

Boss Sam Allardyce is now intent on adding more firepower to his team to ensure they make it past the finish line and achieve their goal of promotion.

A move for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes has been mooted repeatedly, but his five-goal haul in last Friday’s televised league game appears to have pushed his price tag beyond the Londoners’ reach, with scouts from eight Premier League clubs also reportedly tracking his progress.

Instead, ‘Big Sam’ now looks set to turn his attentions to Watford’s highly-rated England under-21 international forward Marvin Sordell.

The pacy striker has impressed in a struggling Hornets side, and would appear to be the perfect contrast to play alongside a bigger man in the form of Carlton Cole or Frederic Piquionne.

If reports are to be believed, the Hammers are lining up a £2m bid for the 20-year-old, who has hit ten goals already this term, though Watford boss Sean Dyche is reluctant to let him go.

Another option could be QPR technical forward Jamie Mackie, of whom Allardyce is also a fan.

Mark Hughes hasn’t had much time to run the rule over his newly-inherited Rs squad as of yet, but could be tempted to allow the sale of Mackie in order to pave the way for some of his own signings to come in, after admitting his squad is far too big as it stands.

One player that looks very likely to complete a move to Upton Park though, is Ryoichi Maeda.

The Japan international is flying to London in order to train with the Hammers, and Allardyce will tie up a deal for the striker should he sufficiently impress.

 
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