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Operation Elveden: Prison officers held in payments probe

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Image caption Operation Elveden is an investigation into corrupt payments to public officials

Two serving prison officers have been arrested and later bailed by police investigating inappropriate payments to public officials, Scotland Yard said.

The men - a 52-year-old and a 26-year-old - were held at their home in Kent at about 06:00 BST on Tuesday.

They were both arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, and other charges, and later bailed until the end of June.

The total number of people arrested as part of Operation Elveden is 69.

Police said the 52-year-old was held on conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office and misconduct in a public office. He was interviewed at a south London police station.

The 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office and money laundering, was interviewed at a Kent police station.

Operation Elveden is being conducted by the Metropolitan Police, under the supervision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

It is running alongside Operation Weeting, the Met's phone-hacking inquiry, and Operation Tuleta, an investigation into computer hacking and other privacy breaches.

Those arrested in Operation Elveden so far include journalists, police officers, NHS staff and members of the armed forces.