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Mother and son to be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office

18/12/2013

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Thomas Ridgeway and to summons his mother Sandra Ridgeway with two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

"Both individuals will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 13 January 2014.

"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Thomas and Sandra Ridgeway will now be commenced and that both have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

The full charges are as follows:

(1) Thomas RIDGEWAY and Sandra RIDGEWAY, between 6 November 2004 and 30 December 2004, conspired together to commit Misconduct in Public Office,

Contrary to section 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977.

(2) Thomas RIDGEWAY and Sandra RIDGEWAY, between 20 July 2009 and 31 July 2009, conspired together to commit Misconduct in Public Office,

Contrary to section 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977.

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