Former Met PS, celebrity club boss and King and Queen of Soho charged with bribery over licensing
A FORMER Met Police sergeant, a former couple once dubbed the King and Queen of Soho and the founder of celebrity nightspot Cirque le Soir are among eight people charged with bribery offences in connection with the licensing of business premises in Westminster.
The charges follow an investigation by the force’s "Line of Duty" Directorate of Professional Standards Anti-Corruption Command.
They were charged today (Wednesday, November 10) with conspiracy to commit bribery.
The charges centre around allegations of bribery to get certain door security firms working in nightclubs and strip clubs in the area.
Former Sergeant Frank Partridge, 48, of Wing, Buckinghamshire, once dubbed the Sherriff of Soho
Ryan Bishti, 41, founder of Cirque le Soir, of Exhibition Road, Kensington
Pamela Bishti, 66, of Outram Road, Croydon
Hassan Serdoud, 54, of Fellows Road, Camden (also charged with bribery)
Anna Ginandes, 44, of Fellows Road, Camden
Security boss Terry Neil, 55, of Kimbers Drive, Slough
His ex-wife Soraya Henderson, 55, of Glenmore Close, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe
Eamonn Mulholland, 54, boss of London security firm Profile Protection, of Florence Street, Islington.
They will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later this year.
Before divorcing in July 2015, Neil and Henderson ran Manage Security Services Ltd, which traded as TSS, which arranged security for clubs, including celebrity hangouts such as Cirque le Soir, whose customers included Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Cara Delevingne, and The Box.
A Met Police spokesman said: "The charges follow a long-running investigation by officers from the Anti-Corruption Command examining allegations of corruption by police licensing officers in Westminster, and inappropriate relationships between police officers and people running local businesses.
"A file was initially passed to the Crown Prosecution Service in December 2017 and following further work, eight people have now been charged."