LONDON: A journalist from Rupert Murdoch’s Sun tabloid and two other suspects were arrested today as part of an investigation into corrupt links between the British police and the press, officials said.
The bribery investigation is running alongside two other probes into phone and computer hacking sparked by revelations that reporters at Murdoch’s now-shuttered News of the World tabloid routinely intercepted communications of those in the public eye.
Police said the arrests early today were the result of information passed on from Murdoch’s News Corp, which has vowed to get to the bottom of criminality at his British newspaper subsidiary, News International.
News International confirmed that one suspect arrested today worked at The Sun but would not name the journalist. He was identified as Duncan Larcombe, The Sun’s 36-year-old royal editor, by other British media.
Police did not name the suspects but said a 36-year-old man was arrested at his home in Kent on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and cause misconduct in a public office. He was being questioned at a Kent police station.
Larcombe has testified he never paid a police officer for a story or hacked computers. He told a UK judge-led inquiry he had always acted ethically.