Yard corruption inquiry

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Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into allegations of corruption against serving and retired police officers after newspaper claims that officers were earning extra cash by moonlighting as private eyes.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that officers were working for private security firms, helping to bug homes and run checks on people's criminal and social security records for private detectives.

Sir Paul Condon, the Metropolitan Police commissioner has approved the setting up of undercover operations to trap corrupt officers, it is claimed.

A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard said: "The Metropolitan Police is committed to tackling corruption within the service. In the past year we have allocated additional resources and taken a more pro-active approach to actively seek out corruption."