Journalist and police officer arrested in Elveden probe

A 37-year-old male journalist was arrested by officers investigating allegations of illegal payments to police and public and public officials this morning.

Officers from the Met's Operation Elveden also arrested a 29-year-old officer at his home in Sussex.

The journalist was arrested at 6am at his home in north London on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt, contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and the Criminal Law Act 1977, and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office, contrary to Common Law and the Criminal Law Act 1977.

He is currently in custody at a north London police station.

The officer was also arrested at 6am on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt, contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and the Criminal Law Act 1977, conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public Office, contrary to Common Law and the Criminal Law Act 1977, and misconduct in a public office, contrary to Common Law.

He is a serving officer with Sussex police and is currently in custody at a south London police station. He is the 43rd arrest made by officers from Operation Elveden.

The Met said: 'Today's arrests are the result of information provided to police by News Corporation's Management Standards Committee.

'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."

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