Policewoman held over 'payments'
Wednesday 21 December 2011
A serving Scotland Yard officer was arrested today on suspicion of receiving illegal payments from journalists.
The 52-year-old woman, understood to be a member of the force's specialist operations branch, is being held in Essex after detectives swooped on her home at dawn.
She is the first police officer arrested under Operation Elveden, the inquiry into alleged illegal payments, which runs alongside the Operation Weeting phone-hacking investigation.
The specialist operations division in which she works covers some of the Met's most demanding roles, from counter-terrorism to protecting the Royal Family.
The suspect was arrested at her home less than a week after officers questioned former News of the World crime editor Lucy Panton over alleged payments.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said she was arrested at 6am.
"Officers from Operation Elveden arrested a serving Metropolitan Police Service officer on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and offences contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906," a force statement said.
"The 52-year-old woman was arrested at a residential address in Essex and is currently in custody at an Essex police station."
Eight suspects have now been arrested as part of Operation Elveden, which was launched after officers were handed documents suggesting News International journalists had made payments to officers.
Ms Panton, 37, who is married to a Scotland Yard detective, was questioned and later bailed after officers swooped on her Surrey home last Thursday.
Others questioned as part of the inquiry include former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, ex-Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson, former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner, the paper's former royal editor Clive Goodman, and a 63-year-old man whose identity has not been disclosed.
Mrs Brooks and Mr Coulson are both former editors of the News of the World, which was closed in July at the height of the hacking scandal following revelations that murdered teenager Milly Dowler's phone was involved.
Elveden was launched in the summer after News International handed documents to Metropolitan Police officers.
Sir Paul Stephenson, the then Met commissioner, said in July that evidence from the publisher suggested a small number of officers were involved.
The final total of people whose phones were hacked by the News of the World will be about 800, the force believes.
The scandal has led to the closure of the News of the World after 168 years, prompted a major public inquiry, and forced the resignation of Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul and assistant commissioner John Yates.
Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery rumours: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
FCKH8: YouTube reinstates provocative anti-sexism video showing young girls swearing
This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo