Operation Elveden: Freelance journalist arrested

New Scotland Yard sign The Met's Operation Elveden is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission

A freelance journalist has been arrested at his home in Northumberland by police investigating inappropriate payments to public officials.

The 43-year-old man was arrested at 06:30 BST on suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in public office.

Operation Elveden is being conducted by the Metropolitan Police.

It runs alongside Operation Weeting, the Met's phone-hacking inquiry, and Operation Tuleta, a probe into computer hacking and other privacy breaches.

The journalist is the 72nd person to be arrested under Operation Elveden, which is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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