Bristol journalist arrested in corrupt payment investigation
A Bristol journalist on the Sun has been arrested by Metropolitan Police investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
Officers from Operation Elveden - which is the investigation into allegations of innapropriate payments to police and public officials - made the arrest yesterday morning.
The 51-year-old male Sun reporter was arrested at his home address in Bristol and will be interviewed at an Avon and Somerset police station.
He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.
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Two other men were also arrested at the same time - a 39-year-old serving policeman and a 32-year-old male journalist.
The Wiltshire police officer was arrested at his home in Wiltshire on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and suspicion of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
The 32-year-old journalist was arrested at his home address in south-east London and will be interviewed at a south London police station - he was arrested on the same charges as the Bristol man.
Operation Elveden is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and is running in conjunction with Operation Weeting, Scotland Yard's inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes.
The arrests are the result of information provided to police by News Corporation's Management Standards Committee.
They relate to suspected payments to a public official and suspected disclosure of confidential information by a police officer and are not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately.
News International confirmed that both journalists arrested work for the Sun newspaper, but did not give any more details.