Scottish Sun news editor Gill Smith in 'data breach' probe

The news editor of the Scottish Sun has been reported to the procurator fiscal over alleged data protection breaches.

Gill Smith was reported by officers from Operation Rubicon - the ongoing investigation into allegations of perjury and phone hacking in Scotland.

The 40-year-old was reported on Monday "in relation to obtaining personal data of members of the public".

She is the fourth senior News International figure to be questioned by Operation Rubicon officers.

A spokeswoman from Strathclyde Police said: "Officers from Operation Rubicon have reported a 40-year-old female to the procurator fiscal for a number of breaches of the Data Protection Act in relation to obtaining personal data of members of the public."

Defamation action

Last month, former News of the World Scotland editor Bob Bird was charged in connection with the defamation action of former MSP Tommy Sheridan.

The 56-year-old was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice over Mr Sheridan's successful action against the newspaper in 2006.

Earlier in August, Douglas Wight, a former news editor at the News of the World Scotland, was arrested and charged in connection with the perjury trial of Mr Sheridan.

The 39-year-old was charged with perjury, conspiracy to hack telephones and multiple charges of conspiracy to obtain personal data.

In May, Prime Minister David Cameron's former director of communications Andy Coulson was arrested and charged over evidence he gave at Mr Sheridan's perjury trial.

The former News of the World editor was charged with committing perjury during the trial in 2010.

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