South Yorkshire woman said to have sold stories to newspaper

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A South Yorkshire woman has been charged as part of a police probe into payments made by The Sun newspaper for stories about the Royal Family and Sandhurst military academy.

Tracey Bell, aged 34, of Co-operative Street, Goldthorpe, was employed by the Ministry of Defence as a pharmacy assistant at Sandhurst Medical Centre and is accused of misconduct in a public office.

The Sun’s chief royal correspondent Duncan Larcombe, 37, has been charged with allegedly paying public officials for stories.

He is alleged to have paid Bell £1,250 between October 17, 2005, and July 7, 2006, relating to five articles published in The Sun regarding matters at Sandhurst.

Details were revealed by Alison Levitt QC, principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions.