Former Co-op Bank boss charged with drugs offences

Former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers has been charged with drugs offences.

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Ex-chair of the Co-op bank, Paul Flowers, charged with possessing illegal drugs

The former chairman of the Co-op bank and clergyman Paul Flowers has been charged with possessing illegal drugs.

Reverand Flowers, a methodist minister from Bradford, called the media vultures as he arrived at a police station in Leeds to find out the decision of prosecutors. He'll now appear in court next month accused of possessing drugs including cocaine and crystal meth. Jon Hill reports.

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CPS: Flowers charges 'in the public interest'

The Crown Prosecution Service says it has "carefully considered a file of evidence" gathered by police following newspaper allegations against former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers.

Clare Stevens, from CPS Yorkshire and Humberside’s Complex Casework Unit, said she believed "there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Paul Flowers with possession of Class A and Class C drugs relating to an incident on 9 November 2013".

Mr Flowers has been charged with possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and ketamine, the CPS said.

Paul Flowers bailed on drugs charges

West Yorkshire Police say they have bailed Paul Flowers after charging him with possession of class A and C drugs.

West Yorkshire Police Credit: Press Association

Mr Flowers was arrested by officers from West Yorkshire Police in the Liverpool area last year.

The Methodist minister stepped down as the bank's chairman in June, amid claims of illegal drug use and inappropriate expenses payments.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Paul Flowers, 63, of Hollingwood Drive, Bradford, has been charged with two offences of possession of a class A drug and one offence of possession of a class C drug.

"He has been bailed to appear before Leeds magistrates on May 7."

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