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Met Police officer and four others accused of bribery

A serving Metropolitan Police officer and four other men have been arrested on suspicion of bribery.

A 49-year-old constable, who works in Scotland Yard's Specialist Operations team, has been accused of misconduct in public office and bribery.

The four other men were held on suspicion of bribery and aiding and abetting misconduct in public office.

The Met said the PC "may have been abusing his role... to position himself within the commercial sector".

"What advantage, if any, he obtained through the relationships he sought to cultivate will be established through our ongoing work," Deputy Assistant Commissioner Fiona Taylor said.

The Specialist Operations team cover counter-terrorism, airport security and guarding ministers and other public figures.

Three of the other men, aged 46, 53 and 73, were arrested at a London police station while a 62-year-old was held in Portsmouth.

Scotland Yard said it would not release further information at this stage "to protect the investigation" but the police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed.

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