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Ex-Met Commissioner denies police corruption is widespread

Former Met Commissioner Lord Blair Photo: PA

A former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police says he believes only a small number of junior officers are likely to be arrested as part of the Met's ongoing investigation into alleged corrupt payments by journalists to public officials.

Lord Blair told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards that he had been informed this by Operation Elveden before he gave evidence to the Inquiry today. He said: "I would find it inconceivable that senior colleagues would be taking money directly in this day and age".

The former Commissioner said he only learned much later that his private and official mobile numbers were included in notes seized by police during their investigation into journalist Glenn Mulcaire. He said he had no evidence that his phone was ever hacked, and just put this down to experience.

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