British Police Officer Arrested in Phone-Hacking Scandal Inquiry (Report)

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LONDON – The Metropolitan Police have arrested a 52-year-old female police officer in connection with payments made to journalists in the ongoing phone-hacking scandal.

The British media is abuzz with the developments that the officer, reported to be a royal protection officer, was held at a police station in Essex in connection with the scandal.

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Her arrest marks her out as the first police officer arrested under Operation Elveden, one of the multiple ongoing inquiries into alleged illegal payments to officers which is running alongside the Operation Weeting phone-hacking inquiry.

Operation Elveden is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police, Operation Weeting is conducting the new investigation into phone hacking and Operation Tuleta is investigating a number of allegations regarding breach of privacy received by the Metropolitan Police since January 2011.

Earlier this year former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks and former News of the World editor Andy Coulson were also arrested and bailed as part of Operation Weeting, one of three separate investigations into illegal activities at the News Corp.-owned newspaper.

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