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Three charged with misconduct over payments

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.

Two bailed after Operation Elveden arrests

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.


Ex-police sergeant faces jail after selling info to The Sun

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.

Former police sergeant James Bowes pictured outside Westminster Magistrates court in March. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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.


Police drop Elveden investigation into Sun crime editor

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:

A 49-year-old man [Elveden 11] who was arrested as part of Operation Elveden on 28 January 2012 has been informed that there will be no further action by police.

The man had been due to return back on bail to a north London police station on 3 April 2013.

– Metropolitan Police Service

Prison officer jailed for selling information to The Sun

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.

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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