Former NOTW crime editor arrested in connection with police corruption case
Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor at The Independent, i paper and Independent on Sunday. He covers news from the whole media sector from television, press, radio and advertising to technology. His weekly column on the media appears every Monday in The Independent and i paper. He also writes on media, music and culture, including long-form pieces for The Independent’s Saturday magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s magazine, New Review. He is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s What The Papers Say and a specialist commentator to Monocle 24 radio. He has contributed to most major broadcast outlets including BBC television and radio, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and LBC. He has also written on media for GQ magazine. Ian has been reporting on the media industry for The Independent for more than a decade. Previously he was the newspaper’s Home Affairs Editor. He worked at The Sunday Times for five years, including as a member of the investigative Insight team, covering stories on political funding, industrial espionage and the arms industry. Previously he worked in ITV for London Weekend Television, on a weekly current affairs programme presented by Danny Baker. Ian trained at the Birmingham Post & Mail and was Regional Reporter of the Year in Press Gazette’s national awards.
Friday 16 December 2011
The former News of the World crime editor was held yesterday as part of an inquiry into alleged payments to police officers.
Lucy Panton was arrested at her home in Surrey at 6.15am and questioned at a south London police station. She was later released on police bail.
She is the seventh person held as a result of Scotland Yard's Operation Elveden investigation into illicit payments to officers.
Ms Panton, 37, has two young children and is understood to have taken maternity leave shortly before the Sunday tabloid was closed in July as a result of the phone-hacking scandal. She is married to a serving Metropolitan Police officer.
She joined the News of the World in 2002, moving from The People, where she made her name as the only journalist present during a Scotland Yard operation to foil a major diamond raid in London in 2000.
Others arrested as part of Operation Elveden include the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, and, more recently, Jamie Pyatt, a district editor at The Sun.
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