Two South Yorkshire arrests in corrupt payment probe

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A FORMER Ministry of Defence employee and serving member of the armed forces have been arrested in South Yorkshire as part of the investigation into inappropriate payments to police and public officials by newspapers.

The pair were arrested at an address in Rotherham, which has not been disclosed, by Metropolitan Police officers from the Operation Elveden team.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “A 34-year-old woman who is a former Ministry of Defence employee was arrested at her home address on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and suspected corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.

“A 31-year-old-man, a serving member of the armed forces, was arrested at the same address on suspicion of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office and suspected money laundering offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.”

Operation Elveden is the Metropolitan Police investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials by journalists at the defunct News of the World, published by News Corporation.

The inquiry is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and is running in conjunction with Operation Weeting, the inquiry into phone-hacking.

The arrests took place at 6am yesterday and those arrested were being interviewed at an undisclosed South Yorkshire police station.

The Metropolitan Police spokeswoman added: “The operation is the result of information provided to police by News Corporation’s Management and Standards Committee.

“It relates to suspected payments to public officials and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately.”

Scotland Yard has now arrested 52 people so far in the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.