Three deny Olympic stadium plot

Bids for the Olympic Stadium had to be reopened after the original process collapsed in October 2011 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Three men have pleaded not guilty to an alleged fraud plot linked to a failed bid to take over the Olympic Stadium.

Richard Forrest, 31, Lee Stewart, 39, and Howard Hill, 58, all denied charges of conspiring to commit fraud by false representation at London's Southwark Crown Court.

The allegations date back to the original bidding war to see who would move in to the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games. Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient and West Ham all made bids.

The investigation was prompted by claims from West Ham United and the Olympic Park Legacy Company that Tottenham had spied on Olympic officials during its stadium bid. Tottenham denied the claims.

The original process which saw West Ham and Newham Council named as the preferred bidder to use the stadium in Stratford, east London, was collapsed in October 2011. A new bidding process was undertaken and West Ham have now been confirmed as the anchor tenants of the venue.