Operation Elveden: Journalist freed on bail

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A journalist has been released on bail by police investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

The 43-year-old went to a southwest London police station by appointment at about 09:00 BST on Saturday.

Scotland Yard said the man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.

Police said the arrest was the result of data provided by News Corporation's Management Standards Committee (MSC).

It is the 47th arrest as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Elveden, which is investigating allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials.

Supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, it is running alongside Operation Weeting, the probe into phone hacking.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "It relates to suspected payments to a public official and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately."

The MSC was set up by the company to conduct internal investigations relating to allegations of wrongdoing at its newspapers.

The arrest came just days after a serving member of the armed forces and his wife, from Surrey, were also arrested and bailed in connection with Operation Elveden.

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