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Sun reporter faces charges

The Sun's defence editor Virginia Wheeler and former Metropolitan Police constable Paul Flattley are to be charged over alleged corrupt payments for information including the details of the death of a 15-year-old girl.

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Ex-officer 'sold information of 14-year-old girl's death'

Former Metropolitan Police constable Paul Flattley and Sun journalist Virginia Wheeler are to be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, the CPS has announced.

It is alleged that Flattery was paid by The Sun for information, including that relating to the death of a 14-year-old girl.

It is alleged that between 25 May 2008 and 13 September 2011 Flattley, who at the time was a serving police constable with the Metropolitan Police Service, was paid at least £4,000 (in the form of cheques) and £2,450 (in cash) by The Sun newspaper in exchange for information provided in breach of the terms of his employment.

The information provided included information about the tragic death of a 14-year-old girl, as well as details about both suspects and victims of accidents, incidents and crimes. This included, but was not limited to, information about high profile individuals and those associated with them.

– CPS statement

Correction: The CPS has since issued a correction, stating the girl referred to in its statement was 15, not 14 years old.

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