December 5 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Eight people including a former Sun deputy news editor, an ex-Daily Mirror journalist, a police officer and a prison officer have appeared in court over allegations of corrupt payments to police and public officials.
Ben O’Driscoll, the Sun’s former deputy news editor, and Greig Box Turnbull, a former journalist at the Daily Mirror, appeared alongside Grant Pizzey, a prison officer at HMP Belmarsh in south-east London, and his partner Desra Reilly, at the Old Bailey this morning.
Graham Dudman, former managing editor at the Sun, Vince Soodin, who used to be a journalist at the paper, Alan Ostler, who was formerly an assistant technical instructor at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire, and Darren Jennings, an officer with Wiltshire Police, also appeared in court.
Ex-Sun journalist John Troop and Marc Alexander, a former prison officer at HMP Holloway in north London, also face charges following the Operation Elveden investigation but were excused from attending the brief preliminary hearing.
The other eight defendants appeared side by side in the dock and spoke only to confirm their names before they were told to appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing on November 22, alongside several other people who were charged following the investigation.
All the defendants had their unconditional bail continued.
The inquiry into corrupt payments to police and public officials is being run alongside two other investigations; Operation Weeting, which is looking at alleged phone hacking, and Operation Tuleta, which focuses on computer hacking and other alleged privacy breaches.