Operation Elveden: Arrest in police payments probe

Operation Elveden was launched after claims journalists made illegal payments to police officers

10 January 2012 Last updated at 17:02

A former Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested at his home in Berkshire by officers investigating payments to police by journalists.

The 52-year-old officer, who has not been named, was arrested on Tuesday morning as part of Operation Elveden.

He was arrested by the Independent Police Complaints Commission on suspicion of misconduct in public office and data protection offences.

The man is being held at a Thames Valley police station.

The IPCC said the arrest was the result of information from the Met team behind Operation Elveden, and relates to the alleged passing of unauthorised information to a journalist.

Just before Christmas, another police officer was arrested in Essex as part of the same investigation.

Operation Elveden is running alongside the Metropolitan Police’s phone-hacking investigation Operation Weeting.

Operation Elveden was launched after police were handed documents suggesting journalists working for News International had made illegal payments to officers.

No-one has yet been charged.

Sixteen people have been arrested under Operation Weeting and one person arrested under Operation Tuleta, the police’s investigation into allegations of computer hacking which is not covered by Weeting.

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