Police officer arrested in Operation Elveden inappropriate payments probe

Friday 01 February 2013 11.59
The man is the 59th person arrested in Operation Elveden
The man is the 59th person arrested in Operation Elveden

A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials by journalists.

The 33-year-old, who works in Scotland Yard's Specialist Crime and Operations unit, was arrested at his home in Barnet, north London at 5.45am on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.

He is the 59th person to be arrested by officers working on Operation Elveden, the inquiry into alleged inappropriate payments.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the officer was being interviewed at a north London police station and his home is being searched.

"Today's arrest is the result of information provided to police by News Corporation's Management and Standards Committee," he said.

"It relates to suspected payments to a police officer and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately."