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Former Royal Household official sent for trial

An aerial view of Buckingham Palace

A top official in the Royal Household, who is from Suffolk, has been sent for trial charged with receiving payments of more than £100,000 to award contracts for work at royal palaces.

Ron Harper, who worked as Deputy Property Manager at the Royal Household from 1994 until he was suspended in 2012, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court with eight other men and one woman, who all indicated not guilty pleas.

It is alleged that between 2006 and 2011, a number of company directors bribed Harper, 61, of Glemsford, Sudbury, in return for him awarding them large contracts for work at the Royal Palaces.