Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: SARAJEVO ( BiH )
LONDON (Reuters) - Police say they have charged five men with conspiring to kidnap "Posh Spice" Victoria Beckham, pop star wife of England soccer captain David Beckham.
The five had been arrested in November by Scotland Yard's special kidnap unit after a tip-off from a tabloid newspaper.
"Following consultations with the Crown Prosecution Service, it has been decided that the defendants be charged with the offence of conspiracy to kidnap Victoria Beckham," said a Scotland Yard spokesman on Friday.
Beckham's inspired performances on the pitch have made him the darling of soccer fans, while "Posh" shot to fame with the Spice Girls in the 1990s.
But fame has come at a price, and the Beckhams have been surrounded by tight security ever since an earlier kidnap scare in 2000.
The couple have spent 150,000 pounds on a customised armour-plated Mercedes car, capable of withstanding gunfire, landmine blasts and gas attacks.
After the latest arrests, they further beefed up security at their mansion north of London dubbed "Beckingham Palace".
The five men charged with conspiring to kidnap Victoria are due to appear at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court on February 24.
- VICTORIA BECKHAM
- SARAJEVO - BiH
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