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Men charged with Ritz 'sale plot'

Ritz Hotel
The Ritz Hotel is one of London's most prestigious hotels

Three men have been charged with fraudulently trying to sell the Ritz hotel in central London for £200m.

Patrick Dolan, 62 and Conn Farrell, 58, both from London, and Tony Lee, 48, from Selby, North Yorkshire, have been charged with conspiracy to defraud.

They are due to appear at City of London Magistrates' Court on 30 June.

The hotel, opened in 1906 and owned by the Barclay Brothers, is one of the most prestigious hotels in the city of London.

A spokeswoman for the North Yorkshire Police said: "Police investigating the fraudulent sale of the Ritz Hotel in London have today charged three men with conspiracy to defraud to the value of £200 million."

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