May 23 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A prison officer has been arrested in connection with the Met Police’s investigation into alleged inappropriate payments to police and public officials.
The 31-year-old was arrested at around 6am today at his home in Northampton as part of Operation Elveden. He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt, contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, and on suspicion of misconduct in a public office, contrary to Common Law.
The arrest was the result of information provided to police by News Corporation’s management standards committee, said Scotland Yard, and relates to suspected payments to a prison officer.
The man is currently in custody at a police station in Northampton.
A Prison Service spokeswoman said she could not comment on individual cases.
She said: “The Prison Service is committed to dealing robustly with all forms of corruption, including the unauthorised disclosure of sensitive information for financial gain. Such activity is a fundamental breach of the Civil Service Code and may constitute the criminal offence of misconduct in public office.
“We are fully supportive of Operation Elveden currently investigating the potential misconduct of public officials involved in selling information to the press. If any prison staff are identified, we will work with the police to facilitate investigations and prosecutions.
“The vast majority of staff are honest and law-abiding but we are determined to deal with those who are not.”
Operation Elveden is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials. It is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and is running in conjunction with Operation Weeting, the Met’s inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes.