Superintendent arrested on suspicion of passing information to journalist

A serving superintendent from City of London Police has been arrested by the Independent Police Complaints Commission on suspicion of passing unauthorised information to a journalist, the watchdog said today.

He was arrested after Metropolitan Police officers investigating payments by journalists to public officials passed information to the IPCC.

In a statement, the IPCC said:

A serving officer of superintendent rank, from City of London Police, has today been arrested by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on suspicion of misconduct in public office.

The arrest is the result of information passed to the IPCC by the Metropolitan Police Service team investigating Operation Elveden.

It relates to the alleged passing of unauthorised information to a journalist.