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Yates denies doing an favours for NOTW

Former Assistant Commissioner of the London Credit: Reuters

The News of the World ordered a journalist to get inside information from Scotland Yard's top counter-terrorism officer by "calling in all those bottles of champagne", the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

Former assistant commissioner John Yates admitted he "may well" have drunk champagne with crime reporter Lucy Panton, but denied that he did her favours in return.

Woman arrested over corrupt payments

A 32-year-old woman was arrested today by detectives investigating allegations of corrupt payments made by journalists to public officials.

The woman becomes the 23rd person to be arrested as part of Operation Elveden.

The Metropolitan Police operation is the result of information provided to police by News Corporation's management standards committee.

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Simon Harris at the Royal Courts of Justice

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