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Former Co-op Bank chair Paul Flowers faces drugs charges

Former Co-operative Bank chair Paul Flowers has been charged with drugs offences. West Yorkshire Police said Mr Flowers, 63, has been charged with two offences of possession of a Class A drug and one offence of possession of a Class C drug.

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Flowers 'hounded by press', claims solicitor

Paul Flowers arriving at Stainbeck Police Station to answer bail. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Paul Flowers' solicitor says his client has been "hounded" by the press since his alleged drug possession was reported in the media.

Speaking outside Stainbeck Police Station in Leeds, Andrew Hollas said: "I think it's been self-evident that he has been hounded for six months by certain elements of the press and they have included many allegations within their papers that have been completely without foundation."

He told reporters that the former Co-op Bank chairman would make a "full statement" following his appearance at Leeds Magistrates' Court on May 7.

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