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Prison staff payment probe

Two prison officers at separate high security jails allegedly took payments of thousands of pounds from journalists, the Met's Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers told the Leveson Inquiry today.

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Sue Akers outlines arrests as a result of the press standards inquiry

The Met's Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers gave information to the Leveson inquiry on the number of arrests made by police in connection to the phone hacking scandal:

  • 15 current and former journalists have been arrested under Operation Weeting, the Met's probe into alleged phone hacking.
  • 12 of those are on bail.
  • Six people, including former Sun editor Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie, have been charged.
  • Forty one people have been arrested under Operation Elveden, the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to officials.
  • 23 of those are former or current journalists.
  • Four are police officers.
  • Nine are current or former public officials.
  • Five allegedly acted as go-betweens.
  • Seven arrests have been made as part of Operation Tuleta, which is looking at allegations of computer hacking and privacy infringement.

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