Operation Elveden: Man held in illegal payments probe

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A former prison officer has been arrested by police probing illegal payments to public officials.

The man was held at his north London home on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, under the Criminal Law Act 1977.

The 49-year-old remains in custody at a police station in north London.

He is the 83rd person to be arrested as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Elveden investigation.

Operation Elveden is the Scotland Yard inquiry into alleged payments to public officials in return for information.

It is running alongside Operation Weeting - into allegations of phone hacking - and Operation Tuleta which covers claims of computer hacking and other privacy breaches.

The investigations were set up in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that led to the closure of Sunday tabloid newspaper the News of the World.

Those arrested include journalists, and current and former police officers, prison officers and service personnel.

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