Operation Elveden: Ex-policeman Alan Tierney in court

Copies of the Sun newspapers More than 60 people have been arrested as part of Operation Elveden

A former policeman accused of selling details of two high-profile cases to a newspaper has appeared in court.

Alan Tierney, 40, a former Surrey Police officer, was allegedly paid £1,750 in 2009 for passing information to the Sun.

Mr Tierney, of Hayling Island, Hampshire, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court facing two charges of misconduct in a public office.

He was bailed and will stand trial at Southwark Crown Court in March.

Mr Tierney was arrested as part of Operation Elveden, which is investigating alleged payments made to public officials for information by journalists.

In a separate case, but one also brought as a result of the Operation Elveden inquiry, a prison worker at a high-security jail appeared before the court accused of selling information to the Sun relating to a "high-profile prisoner".

Richard Trunkfield, an operational support officer at HMP Woodhill, near Milton Keynes, allegedly received £3,350 in return for information provided in 2010.

He faces a charge of committing misconduct in public office.

Mr Trunkfield, of Moulton, Northamptonshire, will also re-appear at Southwark Crown Court in March after being granted bail.

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