63-year-old journalist arrested in Elveden probe will not face charges

A retired police officer and former journalist arrested as part of the investigation into corrupt payments to public officials will face no further action, Scotland Yard said today.

The two men answered bail at south London police stations and were told that their cases will go no further.

This is the first time that anyone arrested under Operation Elveden, the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials and other information leaks, has been told that they face no further action.

The former journalist, a 63-year-old (who has never been publicly named), was arrested on suspicion of corruption in Surrey in July last year, and the retired Metropolitan Police Officer, aged 57, was detained in May this year on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.

So far, one person has been charged out of a total of 52 arrests under Operation Elveden. These arrests have included 21 journalists working for The Sun.

Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn is due to face trial in January accused of leaking information to the News of the World about the police inquiry into whether to re-open the investigation into phone hacking.

Operation Elveden is being run alongside two others: Operation Weeting, which is looking at allegations of phone hacking; and Operation Tuleta, an inquiry into accusations of computer hacking and other privacy breaches.

The Metropolitan Police has previously estimated that the investigations will cost around £40 million.

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