Corby pair in payments probe are bailed

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Three people, including two from Corby, who were arrested by police investigating allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials have been released on bail.

A 40-year-old man and 37-year-old woman were arrested by officers from Operation Elveden at their homes in Corby and a 31-year-old man was arrested at his home in Croydon, Surrey, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

The 40-year-old, a former prison officer, was arrested on suspicion of corruption, suspicion of misconduct in a public office and suspicion of money laundering offences.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office and suspicion of money laundering offences.

The 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the arrests were the result of information provided to police by News Corporation’s management standards committee.

The spokesman said: “They relate to suspected payments to a public official and are not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately.”

News International confirmed that one of the three suspects released on bail is a journalist working for the Sun.

Operation Elveden, Scotland Yard’s investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police, began last summer after officers were handed documents suggesting News International journalists made illegal payments to the police.

Elveden is linked to Operation Weeting, the investigation into phone hacking, and Operation Tuleta, a probe into allegations of computer hacking.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, of the Metropolitan Police, is leading all three investigations.