Sun journalist charged

Sun journalist Nick Parker and a prison officer are to be charged as part of Operation Elveden, the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

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CPS alleges Sun paid £1,750 to prison officer

A CPS statement detailed an amount of money allegedly paid by the Sun and the People newspapers to prison officer Lee Brockhouse.

It is also alleged that between 23 April 2007 and 27 October 2009, The Sun newspaper paid £1750 to prison officer Lee Brockhouse for the unauthorised disclosure of information to Nick Parker.

Additionally, it is alleged that Lee Brockhouse provided similar information to the People newspaper, for which he was paid £900.

– CPS statement

Sun reporter charged with 'paying prison officer'

Sun newspaper journalist Nick Parker was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, the CPS said.

Mr Parker is currently listed as the paper's chief foreign correspondent.

This announcement relates to a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police Service that was received by the CPS on 6 June 2013.

Following a careful review of the evidence, we have concluded that Nick Parker, a journalist at The Sun newspaper, should be charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

We have also concluded that Lee Brockhouse, a prison officer at HMP Swaleside, should be charged with one count of misconduct in a public office and one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

It is alleged that on two occasions The Sun newspaper paid money to a public official in exchange for the unauthorised disclosure of information to Nick Parker relating to well-known individuals.

– CPS

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