Tax-case man is cleared

A businessman was cleared of corruptly providing a holiday for the Inland Revenue inspector Michael Allcock in return for tax favours.

A judge at the Old Bailey ordered a jury to acquit David Shamoon, 66, of West Kensington, London.

The judge also ruled that two charges of corruption against Allcock, 47, of Colchester, Essex, were to be dropped but he still faces 11 other charges.