Wednesday 16 April 2014 9:14 pm

Paul Flowers charged over drug claims

THE CO-OP Bank’s ex-chairman Paul Flowers was yesterday charged with possession of class A and C drugs.

Flowers was chair of the bank until last summer, when a £1.5bn capital hole was discovered in its finances.

In the Autumn a Mail on Sunday article alleged that he had been using illegal narcotics, including crystal meth. West Yorkshire Police said: “Paul Flowers, 63, of Hollingwood Drive, Bradford, has been charged with two offences of possession of a Class A drug and one offence of possession of a Class C drug.”

The Crown Prosecution Service’s Clare Stevens said “Following a review of the evidence, I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Paul Flowers relating to an incident on 9 November 2013.”

Flowers has been bailed to appear before Leeds Magistrates’ Court on 7 May.