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Sun journalist guilty over payments to police officer

A Sun journalist has been found guilty of getting story tips from a police officer.

Anthony France will be sentenced later this month. Credit: Getty

Crime reporter Anthony France, 41, started a "corrupt relationship" with Pc Timothy Edwards over four years.

While working at Heathrow Airport in SO15 counter-terrorism command, PC Edwards, 49, sold 38 stories and tit-bits of information to the journalist in exchange for more than £22,000.

The court heard that Edwards passed on details ranging from airline pilots being breathalysed to a drunken model flying into a rage after "catching her boyfriend romping with a woman next to him".

Mr France will be sentenced on May 29.


MoD official's leaked scoops to The Sun 'contemptible'

Bettina Jordan-Barber, a senior official at the Ministry of Defence who leaked scoops to The Sun, gave the newspaper details about the death of Major Matthew Bacon, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.

His father Roger Bacon told ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies that Jordan-Barber's actions were "contemptible":

Shanahan: 'Terrible ordeal' for families of Sun journalists

The Sun's executive editor Fergus Shanahan, 60, said despite the acquittal of four journalists at the Old Bailey their families had been through a "terrible ordeal".

After hugging supporters outside court, Mr Shanahan said: "Obviously I'm very grateful to the jury for taking such time over the verdict. They put an enormous amount of thought into it."

The Sun's executive editor Fergus Shanahan. Credit: PA

He said the issues that the jurors in the case had to deal with were complicated and "complex".

The executive editor told reporters that the trial had been a "terrible ordeal" for the families of the people involved.

While journalists may have "thick skin" and "can look after ourselves", the loved ones had been put under "the most appalling strain for three years", he said.

The journalist added that his thoughts were with colleagues facing trial in the future and he expressed the hope that there would be a "sensible result, a right result".

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