November 8 - Three men have admitted illegally obtaining personal data from members of West Ham United Football Club during the controversial bidding process for new tenants for the Olympic Stadium.
Howard Hill, a former partner at accountancy firm PKF, was alleged to have employed private investigators to get information on the Premier League club and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) while Tottenham Hotspur were bidding for the site.
Tottenham used PKF to carry out an investigation linked to their bid, but have always denied any involvement in the illegal activity which included obtaining phone bills and bank statements.
Among those targeted was Karren Brady, the vice-chairman of West Ham United who appears on BBC programme The Apprentice as an aide to Alan Sugar, a former chairman of Tottenham.
At Inner London Crown Court, Hill, 59, from Stockport in Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to obtaining personal data contrary to the Data Protection Act 1998.
Fellow defendants, Richard Michael Forrest, 31, from Crawley, West Sussex, and Lee Stewart, 40, from Esher in Surrey, admitted the same charge, Scotland Yard said.
Three counts of fraud by false representation involving the defendants were left to lie on file.
The three men will be sentenced on December 20, Scotland Yard said.
The information they obtained were alleged to have formed the basis of a story that appeared in The Sunday Times in June 2011 that made a series of allegations about West Ham's behaviour during the bidding process, including that an OPLC director had been paid by the club for consultancy work.
They were charged in November last year by detectives investigating claims made by West Ham United and the OPLC.
A total of six people were arrested throughout the course of the investigation.
Tottenham lost out to West Ham in the race to become the OPLC's first choice to move into the Stadium after the Olympics.
But the process was scrapped in October 2011 after legal challenges from Tottenham and League One club Leyton Orient.
A new process was opened which West Ham again won and were granted a 99-year lease.
They are due to move into the £486 million ($772 million/€608 million) Stadium once it has been reconfigured in 2016.
Following the hearing, detective superintendent Nick Downing, from the Metropolitan Police's specialist organised and economic crime command, said: "The Special Enquiry Team conducted a thorough investigation in this complex case and we are pleased with the guilty pleas.
"The unlawful accessing of individuals' personal data by any means is totally unacceptable."
West Ham, Tottenham and the OPLC - now renamed the London Legacy Development Corporation - all declined to comment following the hearing.
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