Operation Elveden: Sun journalist and policeman bailed

Scotland Yard Operation Elveden is linked to Operation Weeting, the investigation into mobile phone hacking

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Police investigating corrupt payments have released on bail a Sun journalist and a police officer.

The 37-year-old journalist was arrested at his home in north London on Tuesday morning as part of Operation Elveden. A police officer, 29, was also arrested at his home in Sussex.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.

They were later released on bail until November.

The Metropolitan Police's Operation Elveden was set up to investigate alleged inappropriate payments to police and public officials by journalists.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Today's arrests are the result of information provided to police by News Corporation's Management Standards Committee.

Operation Elveden

  • Elveden launched after police were handed documents suggesting News International journalists had made illegal payments to officers
  • Documents were handed over by News International on 20 June 2010
  • Investigation is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • It is running alongside Metropolitan Police's phone-hacking investigation, Operation Weeting
  • Another related probe, Operation Tuleta, is looking into computer misuse

"They relate to suspected payments to a police officer and are not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately."

Both men were arrested at approximately 06:00 BST, and taken to different police stations in London.

Some 43 people have been arrested as part of Operation Elveden, being run in conjunction with Operation Weeting, which is looking into phone hacking.

The investigation is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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