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Paul Flowers, Former Co-Operative Bank Chairman, Says BBC 'Really Nice To Me' But Other Journalists 'Vultures'

16/04/2014 11:12 BST | Updated 16/04/2014 11:59 BST
Press Association

Former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers has told journalists they are all "vultures" except the BBC who "have been really nice to me".

He made the comments as he struggled to push past TV crews and photographers outside Stainbeck Police Station, Leeds on Wednesday to answer bail in connection with alleged drugs supply offences.

The Methodist minister said: "There is a phrase for some people, they call them vultures, and I really do hope that somebody quotes me on that, especially the BBC.

"The BBC have been really nice to me but the rest of you are vultures."

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The former bank chairman (centre) has now been charged with three counts of drugs possession

Mr Flowers, 63, has now been charged with two counts of possession of a class A drug and one count of possession of a class C drug, according to West Yorkshire Police.

He was arrested by officers in the Liverpool area last year.

Mr Flowers stepped down as the bank's chairman in June, amid claims of illegal drug use and inappropriate expenses payments.

He was also suspended by both the Methodist Church and the Labour Party after the allegations emerged.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Paul Flowers has been charged with two offences of possession of a class A drug and one offence of possession of a class C drug. He has been bailed to appear before Leeds magistrates on May 7."