The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said that a journalist, an HRMC worker and his partner will be charged in relation to Operation Elveden - the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.
The CPS said that Clodagh Hartley, a journalist at The Sun newspaper, Jonathan Hall, employed as a Press Officer at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Marta Bukarewicz, partner of Mr Hall and not a public official, will be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
It is alleged that between 30 March 2008 and 15 July 2011 The Sun newspaper paid £17,475 to Jonathan Hall, mostly via Marta Bukarewicz, in exchange for the unauthorised disclosure of information obtained as a result of his employment with HMRC.
A man and women have been bailed pending further inquiries after being arrested earlier today by detectives under Operation Elveden.
The 37-year-old former prison officer was arrested in South Wales in connection with the investigation into alleged payments to public officials.
A 36-year-old woman was also arrested at her home in east London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office and money laundering.
A former police sergeant is facing jail after admitting selling information to The Sun newspaper.
James Bowes, 30, from Steyning, West Sussex, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey today to misconduct in a public office in 2010.
He was remanded on unconditional bail to be sentenced on 9th May.
Mr Justice Fulford warned him that the fact he had been given bail was "no indication of disposal".
No details of the case were given during the short hearing.
Bowes is said to have passed on information of investigations to the tabloid between 9th April and 20th July 2010 while working for Sussex Police.
A retired officer for Surrey Police has been arrested as part of Operation Elveden - the Met's investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
The 41-year-old was arrested at 6am at his home in Sussex on suspicion of misconduct in public office, Scotland Yard said.
It is the 62nd arrest so far as part of the operation.
The Crown Prosecution Service said former Sun editor Fergus Shanahan will face prosecution over allegations he conspired to commit misconduct in public office:
The Metropolitan Police has dropped its investigation into The Sun's crime editor, Mike Sullivan, who was previously arrested under Operation Elveden in January this year.
A police statement said:
Passing sentence on both men in separate hearings today, the Judge, Mr Justice Fulford said:
Former prison officer Richard Trunkfield has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for selling information about James Bulger's killer Jon Venables to The Sun newspaper, it can now be reported.
Trunkfield, 31, from Moulton, Northamptonshire, admitted leaking information while working at high security Woodhill Prison near Milton Keynes. It could not initially be reported that the prisoner involved was Venables because of legal restrictions on reporting his whereabouts.
But the court heard today that Venables is no longer at Woodhill. Trunkfield pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office between March 2 and April 30, 2010.