Sun deputy news editor John Sturgis cleared by CPS 16 months after corruption arrest

Sun deputy news editor John Sturgis has been cleared  some 16 months after he was arrested on suspicion of corruption and aiding and abetting misconduct in public office.

He has been told by the Crown Prosecution Service that no further action is being taken against him.

Sturgis was arrested 11 February 2012 on the same day as Sun chief foreign correspondent Nick Parker, who was today charged with paying £2,650 to a prison officer for information.

News International chief executive Mick Darcey said in an internal memo to staff that he was grateful for the “sterling work” that Sturgis had carried on for the paper while on police bail.

He said: "He will now be able to carry on with his life without that burden"

He becomes the second Sun journalist arrested under Operation Elveden to be cleared rather than charged. On 2 April this year Sun crime editor Mike Sullivan was told he would face no further action after being arrested on 28 January 2012 on suspicion of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office.

On 5 June this year the case against Sun defence correspondent Virginia Wheeler (who had been charged by the CPS) was dropped on health grounds.

Seven Sun journalists have been arrested so far on corruption charges as a result of the Operation Elveden police inquiry into payments.

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