Operation Elveden: Eight charged in illegal payments probe

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Image caption Operation Elveden is Scotland's Yard's investigation into alleged corrupt payments

Eight people have been charged in connection with Operation Elveden, the Scotland Yard inquiry into alleged payments to public officials in return for information.

They include a policeman, three Sun journalists and a former Daily Mirror journalist.

The offences against them relate to allegations of misconduct in a public office on dates spanning 2006 to 2011.

All eight will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 10 March.

Sam Azouelos, a Metropolitan Police officer, is charged with one count of misconduct in a public office between July 2006 and April 2010.

The Sun's home affairs correspondent, Tom Wells, and Sun reporter Neil Millard are charged with three counts each of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Brandon Malinsky, night news editor at the same paper, faces one charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Journalist Graham Brough also faces a single charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

He was working at the Daily Mirror at the time of the alleged offence but left in June 2010, according to owners Trinity Mirror.

Operation Elveden is running alongside Operation Weeting, which is looking 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.

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