Filed: Sunday, 10th July 2011
By: Staff Writer
The Olympic Park Legacy Company have called in Police to investigate claims that its chief executive had his telephone records accessed by unauthorised agents.
Last week West Ham United contacted the Police following claims in the Sunday Times that the personal records of its employees had been surreptitiously gained by corporate investigators acting on behalf of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham's rivals in the battle to win tenancy of the £500million stadium post-2012 Olympic games.
And less than seven days later, the OPLC have confirmed that they too have contacted the authorities after suspecting foul play.
According to today's edition of the Times, the OPLC called in police when they discovered that records of phone calls made by chief executive Andrew Altman had been acquired by unauthorised agents.
It is further reported that call records belonging to West Ham's vice-chair Karren Brady were also accessed by the corporate sleuths, who had been employed by Tottenham to covertly investigate both the OPLC voting committee and employees of the club.
The revelation that Spurs have allowed themselves to become embroiled in a row regarding the unlawful access of personal phone records could not have come at a worse time for the north London club, following the national outrage this week over the News of the World's phone-tapping confessions - a scandal that led to the sudden demise of the 168-year-old newspaper.
In last week's edition the Sunday Times reported that the OPLC director at the centre of the case, Dionne Knight, has been spied on at her home by Tottenham's agents. Ms Knight lives with her 14-year-old daughter.
Ms Knight - and West Ham United's Olympic Director Ian Tompkins - were both suspended from their respective organisations last week following the revelation that she had been temporarily employed by West Ham as a consultant.
The Times report today that West Ham had been assured by Mr Tompkins that the OPLC had authorised Ms Knight's employment; the OPLC dispute that version of events and continue to insist that they were unaware Ms Knight had undertaken work for the club.
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by 50 pence
09:16AM 12th Jul 2011
'''Also, if private investigators hired by us were to have broken the law without our knowlege/instruction, could we be held accountable for their actions? I doubt it.'
WRONG! You hired the criminals so that makes Tottenham FULLY accountable. Good luck with the 'We had no idea it was happening' defence...''
by Grassy Knoll
08:30AM 12th Jul 2011
''Are Tottenham so desperate that they risk everything to try and stop West Ham? In the current climate covert activity is not the best thing to be associated with, it weakens any case Levy had against West Ham – he has shot his bolt.''
by Paul F
12:19PM 11th Jul 2011
''Hacking into celebrities phones to find out who they've been screwing is an unnecessary invasion of privacy and is quite rightly unlikely ever to be considered in the public interest. Going through phone records to uncover the possible bribing of a public official is somewhat different. Regardless of the methods used, if it can be shown that such investigative methods were within the public interest, it is not necessarily criminal, nor I think morally wrong.
Not sure what the 14-year-old daughter has to do with the story. Perhaps the writer could explain? I would imagine there are relatively few middle-aged people that do not live with children - what is the relevance of that in this particular story?''
09:49AM 11th Jul 2011
''News of the World & Tottenham Hotspur separated at birth?''
by Johnny Foriegner
11:42PM 10th Jul 2011
''Now the thought of Tottenham being closed down after one more game for charity is one I could entertain (but maybe without the last game). ''
09:50AM 10th Jul 2011
''The last sentence is the real story but you've conveniently brushed over that. ''
09:09AM 10th Jul 2011
''How do you know that these phones were not 'hacked' into by a journalist looking for evidence of corruption? Now imagine that? The Olympic Committee, after realising that they've designed a white elephant, approach someone they know are in desperate need of a cash injection. They fashion a plan that'll get both of them out of the mire by concocting a scheme. The scheme is only viable if it looks as though it's a fair and open bid, but all the time, the parties have already voted on the outcome. Now all it needs is a mere 40 million to make it happen, Good God, what a story that'll make?, if only they could prove it eh?''
07:48AM 10th Jul 2011
''Even as a Tottenham fan, I have always had a lot of respect for the Irons. I sincerely hope you ditch these shady characters, move on and return to the Premier League. Get shot of your current Board.''
02:15AM 10th Jul 2011
''The phone hacking the News of the World is accused of is listening to actual calls/messages and even deleting messages. Accessing telephone records is entirely different, this could have been done legally in some circumstances, for example if phone bills were not shredded.
Also, if private investigators hired by us were to have broken the law without our knowlege/instruction, could we be held accountable for their actions? I doubt it.''
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