The Sun’s former royal editor, Duncan Larcombe, has become the latest scalp to be claimed by an ongoing corruption inquiry into corrupt payments offered to public officials.
Larcombe and two others were arrested by detectives on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and cause misconduct in a public office – part of an ongoing investigation into illegal payments by journalists to the police.
Operation Elveden has now seen 26 people arrested in an operation linked to the Metropolitan police’s phone hacking investigation.
In a statement Scotland Yard said: “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.”