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Judge: Tierney profited 'out of misery'

It is wholly against the public interest for those who hold public office cynically to profit out of the misery or unfortunate circumstances of those for whom they are responsible.

The most serious aspect of the two offences is that, in relation to count two, the defendant provided the name and, most significantly, the address of the witness.

The fact that the individual coincidentally tried to sell the story to another newspaper is neither here nor there in terms of what this defendant had in mind.

Put bluntly, it could easily have led to that witness withdrawing all co-operation as regards being a witness.

– Judge Justice Fulford


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Ex officer sold details about Terry's mum and Wood

Alan Tierney and Richard Trunkfield were arrested as part of Operation Elveden, which was set up to investigate allegations of newspapers paying police officers for information.

John Terry. Credit: Press Association.

Tierney sold details about Sue Terry and Sue Poole, the mother and mother-in-law of former England football captain John Terry, being arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in Surrey. They accepted cautions.

Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

He also sold details about the arrest of guitarist Ronnie Wood, 65, on suspicion of beating up his Russian lover Ekaterina Ivanova, who is in her 20s. Wood also accepted a caution.

Trunkfield leaked information about a high profile inmate while working at high security Woodhill prison near Milton Keynes.

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Former police officer to be sentenced later this month

Former police officer Alan Tierney, from Hayling Island, Hampshire, has been released on bail after admitting to selling information about the arrests of John Terry's mother and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood to the Sun newspaper.

Tierney will to be sentenced on March 27. Mr Justice Fulford, sitting at the Old Bailey, warned him that "all options remain open". Tierney pleaded guilty to two counts of misconduct in public office.


Reports of a borough commander arrested in connection with Operation Elveden

According to ITV News' sources the latest, and most senior Policeman to be arrested as part of Operations Elveden, is Chief Super intendent Andy Rowell, borough commander of Ealing

He was arrested at approximately six am at his home yesterday morning in Wiltshire on suspicion of misconduct in public office, contrary to Common Law and was interviewed at a Wiltshire Police station.

Operation Elveden is an investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and It is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Met Police officer arrested as part of Operation Elveden

Officers from Operation Elveden, which is investigating allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials, have arrested a 50-year-old Metropolitan Police officer this morning.

The officer serves in the Territorial Policing command based on a south London borough.

Scotland Yard said the arrest, which took place at the officer's home in the Wimbledon area, is the result of information provided to police by News Corporation's Management and Standards Committee and relates to suspected payments to a police officer.

The arrested officer is being interviewed at a south London police station and his property is being searched.

Operation Elveden arrest

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Operation Elveden have arrested a man in southwest London this morning.

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 and is running in conjunction with Operation Weeting, the MPS inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes.

The 43-year-old male journalist, was arrested at around 9am after attending a southwest London police station by appointment. He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office, both contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977.

London HMRC man held in corruption probe

An employee of HM Revenue and Customs was arrested in north west London today by detectives investigating corrupt payments to public officials.

The 50-year-old man was held on suspicion of misconduct in a public office by officers from Operation Elveden.

Scotland Yard said a 43-year-old woman was also arrested at the same address.

She was held on suspicion of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office and money-laundering offences.