Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

West Ham stadium probe complete

Auditors Moore Stephens investigated the Olympic Park Legacy Company's procedures

A report on whether the Olympic Park Legacy Company's procedures surrounding the stadium bid could have been compromised has been completed.

The OPLC, who chose West Ham as the first choice to move in to the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games, appointed auditors Moore Stephens six weeks ago to investigate its own internal stadium procedures.

It will be discussed at an OPLC board meeting later. An OPLC spokesman would not comment on the results of the investigation.

It was triggered when Dionne Knight, the OPLC's corporate services director, was suspended after having worked as a consultant for West Ham during the bid to move into the £486 million stadium.

She was immediately suspended on full pay while any possible conflict of interest was investigated.

She had declared a personal relationship with Ian Tompkins, a West Ham director, when she started at the OPLC. She only told the legacy company of her work at the club after a Sunday newspaper claimed she was on West Ham's payroll.

Tottenham's owners have been looking at a legal challenge over the stadium decision. Moore Stephens have not been asked to consider the bidding process which is a matter for a judicial review if one is granted this week.

They are also not involved in upholding any decision to recommend West Ham and Newham Council as preferred bidder - this is a matter for the OPLC board who are meeting this afternoon.

West Ham, in a joint bid with Newham Council which was chosen ahead of London football rivals Tottenham Hotspur, plan to retain the running track after moving into the stadium.

They intend to convert the 80,000-seater venue into a 60,000-capacity arena for football, athletics, concerts and community use. The club plan to move from their current Upton Park home in 2014-15.

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