Operation Elveden arrests

19 April 2012

New Scotland Yard

On 19 April 2012 police arrested 3 people at private addresses in Kent and Lancashire.

The arrests were made at approx. 06.00hrs by officers from Operation Elveden, the MPS investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials. Operation Elveden is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and is being run in conjunction with Operation Weeting, the MPS inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes.

A 36-year-old man ['Elveden Arrest 24'] was arrested at his home in Kent on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office, contrary to common law. He was taken to a police station in Kent and subsequently bailed to return on a date in late July.

A 42-year-old man ['Elveden Arrest 25'] and 38-year-old woman ['Elveden Arrest 26'] were arrested at their home in Lancashire. The man, a former member of the armed forces, was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and the woman on suspicion of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office (both contrary to common law). They were taken to a police station in Lancashire and both subsequently bailed to return on a date in mid-July.

Today's operation is the result of information provided to police by News Corporation's Management Standards Committee. It relates to suspected payments to a public official and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately.