British police officer held in journalists' payments probe

21st December 2011, Comments 0 comments

An officer in London's Metropolitan Police was on Wednesday arrested by detectives investigating allegations that police accepted payments from journalists.

"The 52-year-old woman was arrested at a residential address in Essex and is currently in custody at an Essex police station," Scotland Yard police headquarters said in a statement.

The policewoman was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and offences violating anti-corruption legislation, the statement added.

The arrest, which was made at around 0600 GMT on Wednesday, is the eighth under Operation Elveden, which was opened in July and runs alongside a separate criminal probe into phone hacking.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World was shut down in July following allegations that an investigator working for the Sunday tabloid had accessed the voicemail of a murdered schoolgirl.

Officers have arrested 16 people so far on suspicion of phone hacking, including Andy Coulson, a former News of the World editor and later communications director for Prime Minister David Cameron.

A public inquiry into ethics in the British press is currently hearing evidence.

© 2011 AFP

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