Operation Elveden

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Operation Elveden is an ongoing British police investigation.[1] It was opened as a result of documents provided by News International to the Operation Weeting investigation.[2]

Background[edit]

Operation Elveden is an investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police.[3] It is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.[4]

The investigation is led by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers of the Metropolitan Police Service,[2] who is also leading Operation Weeting and Operation Tuleta. The service's Directorate of Professional Standards is also involved in the investigation.[2] The Elveden suspects are given numbers to identify them.[2]

On 6 February 2012, DAC Akers appeared at the Leveson Inquiry and said that there were 40 police officers and staff working on Operation Elveden, but that this number would be increased to 61 officers as a result of the investigation into The Sun.[5]

Arrests[edit]

As of 10 January 2012 nine arrests had been made.[6] These include a journalist working for News International, arrested and taken to a south west London police station on 4 November 2011.[7] He was later identified by the media as Jamie Pyatt of The Sun.[8]

On 28 January 2012, the BBC reported that five more arrests had been made, four journalists and a policeman, bringing the total number of arrests to 14.[9]

On 11 February 2012, the BBC reported that eight people, including five Sun employees, had been arrested by police regarding allegations of corrupt payments to police and public officials.[10] The Guardian and Daily Telegraph reported that they included The Sun '​s deputy editor Geoff Webster, and its chief foreign correspondent and picture editor.[11][12]

According to the BBC, several other serving police officers and one retired police officer were also arrested in May, August, and September 2012.[13]

On 17 January 2013, the BBC reported that three more people, two police officers and a third man understood to be the Sun journalist Anthony France, had been arrested early that morning.[13] According to the Guardian, these arrests brought the total of those arrested to 56, of whom 22 were Sun journalists.[14]

Another police officer was arrested on 12 February 2013, bringing the total number arrested to 60, according to Sky News.[15]

A former Surrey policeman was arrested on 24 April 2013, the 62nd arrest in connection with the investigation.[16]

Announcements regarding charges[edit]

On 20 November 2012, news sources reported that the Crown Prosecution Service had announced a series of charges would be brought against five individuals in relation to Operation Elveden.[17][18][19][20][21]

Those reported as having been named in relation to these charges included Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, John Kay and Clive Goodman.[17][18][19][20]

On 5 June 2013, the Crown Prosecution Service dropped charges against Sun defence editor Virginia Wheeler on health grounds. The police officer, Paul Flattley, accused of receiving payments from her had pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit misconduct in public office and was sentenced to two years imprisonment.[22][23]

Convictons[edit]

  1. Casburn, April: a Detective Chief Inspector of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit, Counter Terrorism Command,[24] at the Metropolitan Police, 53 from Essex. Arrested 24 September 2012, and charged with misconduct in public office for having allegedly contacted News of the World on 11 September 2010 offering to provide information while being a public officer, and acting as such, without reasonable excuse or justification. She was one of the Met's most senior counter-terrorism officers.[25][26] Found guilty at Southwark Crown Court on 10 January 2013, of offering to sell inside information on the phone-hacking probe to the News of the World. On 1 February 2013 April Casburn was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment.[27]
  2. Flattley, Paul: police officer pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit misconduct in public office and was sentenced to two years imprisonment. He had provided information to newspapers, including on the security arrangements for Kate Middleton.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statement from Commissioner". Metropolitan Police Service. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Siddique, Haroon (6 July 2011). "Met chief: phone-hacking documents point to 'inappropriate payments'". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Man arrested in connection with phone hacking and corruption allegations". Metropolitan Police Service. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Phone hack victims could number 4,000 confirm Met Police". Channel 4 News. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-00. 
  5. ^ The Guardian (6 February 2012). Leveson inquiry: Sue Akers, Paul Dacre, Dan Wootton appear
  6. ^ Sandra Laville (10 January 2012). "Former Scotland Yard officer arrested as part of press leaks investigation". Guardian (London). Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Man held in inquiry into payments to police". BBC News. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Police Payments: Sun Reporter Bailed By Met". Sky News. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Operation Elveden: Five held in police payment probe". BBC News. 28 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Eight people held in corruption inquiry". BBC News. 11 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Pearse, Damien; Batty, David (11 February 2012). "Senior Sun journalists arrested in police payments probe". London: The Guardian. 
  12. ^ Barrett, David (11 February 2012). "Fears over future of Sun newspaper after more arrests". London: Daily Telegraph. 
  13. ^ a b "Operation Elveden: Three arrested in Hertfordshire and Surrey". BBC News. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  14. ^ O'Carroll, Lisa (17 January 2013). "The Sun's 22nd journalist arrested under Operation Elveden". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  15. ^ "Operation Elveden: Police Officer Arrested". Sky News. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  16. ^ Ex-Surrey police officer arrested
  17. ^ a b Lisa O'Carroll (20 November 2012). "Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson face charges - live updates". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "Operation Elveden: Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks face charges". BBC News. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  19. ^ a b Martin Evans (20 November 2012). "Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson charged with illegally paying officials". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  20. ^ a b Matthew Champion (20 November 2012). "Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks charged over police payments". Metro. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Charging announcement in relation to Operation Elveden". Crown Prosecution Service. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  22. ^ a b Gavriel Hollander (5 June 2013). "CPS drops police payment case against Sun defence editor Virginia Wheeler". Press Gazette. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Sun Hackgate Reporters John Kay and Virginia Wheeler in Suicide Bids: Why is Fleet Street Silent?". International Business Times. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  24. ^ "Detective April Casburn 'offered NoW leaks for cash'". BBC News. 7 January 2013. 
  25. ^ O'Carroll, Lisa (24 Sep 2012). "Operation Elveden: senior Met officer DCI April Casburn charged". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 24 Sep 2012. 
  26. ^ Agencies (1 Oct 2012). "Operation Elveden: April Casburn appears in court". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  27. ^ http://www.crimeline.info/case/r-v-april-casburn

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