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Man charged over Southwark street trading corruption

James McCall, a 38 year old street trader from Thamesmead, was charged on Friday with corruption contrary to section 1 (2) of the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889.

He will appear on bail at Bow St Magistrates Court on 10 January.

On 1 December 2004 he was also charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice as part of the same long-running investigation into corrupt street trading activities in Southwark. He appeared on bail at Bow Street Magistrates Court on 7 December. The case has been committed to Southwark Crown Court for plea and directions on 21 January.

PC Christopher Keenen, also aged 38, formerly based at Southwark Police Station, returned on bail to Bexleyheath police station on 1 December 2004 where he was charged with
conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and misconduct in a public office.

PC Keenan appeared on bail at Bow Street Magistrates Court on 7 December. The case has been committed to Southwark Crown Court for plea and directions on 22 January..

This is part of Operation Fado, a long running investigation into corrupt street trading activities in Southwark.

Five other men remain on police bail until April.

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