A serving Sussex police officer and a journalist have been arrested by Scotland Yard officers investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
The 29-year-old male police officer and 37-year-old male journalist were arrested on Tuesday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in public office.
They were arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan police’s Operation Elveden probe into alleged corrupt payments from journalists to police and public officials.
Scotland Yard said in a statement: “Today’s arrests are the result of information provided to police by News Corporation’s management standards committee. They relate to suspected payments to a police officer and are not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately.”
The journalist and police officer were arrested at about 6am at their respective homes in north London and Sussex. The journalist is in custody in a north London police station. The police officer is in custody at a south London station.
A total of 70 people have now been arrested as part of the interlinked Scotland Yard investigations into phone hacking, payments to public officials, computer hacking and other invasions of privacy.
From the Guardian
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