Ex-Met Police Sergeant, founder of Soho celeb nightclub Cirque du Soir, and former founder of Soho Celebrity Nightclub Cirque du Soir face bribery charges over alleged inappropriate relationships between Westminster officers and Westminster businesses

  • Entrepreneur Ryan Bishti, 41, launched London’s Cirque le Soir in 2009 
  • He and Frank Partridge, 48, were charged with conspiracy to commit bribery
  • Partridge appeared today in court, while Bishti was joined by video link

A bribery conspiracy was alleged today by the ex-Met Police sergeant who founded a Soho celebrity club and the founder.

Ryan Bishti (41), an entrepreneur, was the one who founded Cirque le Soir London in 2009. After a lengthy investigation, Frank Partridge (48), was charged with conspiring to commit bribery. 

Investigators at the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards Anti-Corruption Command had looked into alleged inappropriate relationships between police officers and people running local businesses.

Frank Partridge at Westminster Magistrates Court. Partridge, 48, an ex-sergeant in the Westminster police licensing unit, was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery after a long-running probe

Frank Partridge in Westminster Magistrates’ Court. After a lengthy investigation, Partridge (48), was indicted for conspiracy to commit corruption.

Partridge appeared before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Bishti was there via video link.

Bishti’s mother Pamela, aged 66, and Terry Neil (55) were also present via video link. They are both accused of conspiring with bribery from February 2013 to June 2015.

Soraya Henderson at Westminster Magistrates Court

Soraya Henderson at Westminster Magistrates Court

Soraya Henderson (55) and Eamonn Mullholland (54) were both charged with conspiring for bribery.

Henderson, who was blonde with a long hair, was wearing a black suit and Doc Marten boots. Mulholland was well dressed in dark colours and had a white shirt and a pattern tie.

Bishti also owns other clubs in capital. TSS provided door personnel to Soho clubs.

Anna Ginandes (44) and Hassan Serdoud (54), both face the conspiracy charge, with Serdoud facing another bribery accusation.

Paul Goldspring, senior district judge, released the eight defendants without conditional bail. He will be preparing for a Southwark Crown Court hearing to plead and prepare for trial on January 18.

Cirque le Soir, which was launched in 2009, became a hot celebrity spot, drawing stars such as Cara Delevingne (Cara Delevingne), Miley Cyrus and Rihanna. 

Partridge of Wing in Buckinghamshire, Ryan Bishti from south Kensington, and Pamela Bishti of Croydon, Serdoud, Ginandes both of Camden, Neil, Slough, Henderson, Flackwell Heath High Wycombe, and Mulholland of Islington are all facing charges of conspiracy to commit bribery.

Serdoud is the only one facing a second charge for bribery.