Operation Elveden: Nine in court charged in probe into corrupt payments

10:57 05 September 2013

A police officer, a prison officer and two former journalists are among nine people who appeared in court this morning charged in relation to an investigation into corrupt payments to police and public officials.

Graham Dudman, the former managing editor at The Sun; Greig Box Turnbull, a former journalist at the Daily Mirror; Darren Jennings, an officer with Wiltshire Police; Grant Pizzey, a prison officer at HMP Belmarsh in south east London; and his partner Desra Reilly, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Sun journalist Vince Soodin; John Troup, who used to be a journalist at the same paper; Alan Ostler, who was formerly an assistant technical instructor at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire; and Marc Alexander, a former prison officer at HMP Holloway in north London, also appeared for the brief hearing.

The defendants appeared side by side in the dock with Ostler sitting in front of the other eight.

They spoke only to state their dates of birth and addresses before they were told to appear at the Old Bailey for a preliminary hearing on September 18.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, March 6, 2015
The man was seen with a knife on the Central Line before moving onto the Jubilee Line (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The Jubilee line was brought to a standstill today after passengers reported seeing a man carrying a knife.

Friday, March 6, 2015
The attack took place on a 134 bus in Muswell Hill around 11pm on Thursday, February 12 (Picture: Met Police)

A passenger on a bus in north London was subjected to a horrific unprovoked attack after a man assaulted him from behind.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Teen victim Alan Cartwright

Two people arrested on suspicion of the murder of teenager Alan Cartwright who was stabbed to death while riding a bike in Islington have been released on bail.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Three men chased the victim in Pymmes Park, Edmonton (Pic: Google)

A 26-year-old man is in hospital after a vicious stabbing in Pymmes Park, Edmonton.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Police tracing a woman who went missing from a mental health unit in Sidcup say Jade Watt has been found ‘safe and well’.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Do you recognise these young men? [Photograph from British Transport Police]

Police are looking for two young men after a teenager was punched so hard in a fight at Watford Hight Street Station that his jaw fractured in two places.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Describing Kiki Muddar as a “manipulative, wicked woman” Judge Christopher Moss QC jailed her for 18 years.

Read more

We’re hoping there weren’t any broken bones…

Read more

The Brit-winning singer could be headed for the big screen.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

The boy’s mother doesn’t regret sending her child to school dressed as a character from an erotic novel.

No more traffic wardens “hiding in doorways”…

The Mayor reckons the horse symbolises the “dynamism of London” – does it?

Quirky London