Neil Millard, a former reporter with the Croydon Advertiser, is The Sun journalist who was arrested by police in a dawn raid on his south London home today.
Millard, 31, and two others were questioned by detectives over corrupt payments, the latest development in on-going investigations into phone hacking and journalistic malpractice. A 40-year-old former prison officer and a 37-year-old woman from Northants were also being held. None of them were charged immediately.
In total, 33 people have been arrested under Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan Police investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials which is being run alongside Operation Weeting, the probe into phone hacking.
The arrests came on the day that Prime Minister David Cameron gave six hours’ evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into media standards at the High Court in London, much of it focusing on the politician’s relationship with senior figures at News International.
Millard worked at the Sadvertiser until September 2009, and began to work at The Sun in January 2010.
Police made today’s arrests after receiving information from the Management and Standards Committee which is carrying out an internal investigation at NI’s Wapping headquarters.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “The arrests were made at 6am by officers from Operation Elveden which is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. It is being run in conjunction with Operation Weeting, the MPS inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes.”
The police confirmed that a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.
The other arrests involved suspicion of corruption and suspicion of money laundering offences.
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- David Cameron at the Leveson inquiry – live (guardian.co.uk)
- Three held in police payments probe (express.co.uk)