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Five senior Sun journalists were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office (contrary to common law) and conspiracy in relation to both these offences. They were deputy editor Geoff Webster; the picture editor, John Edwards; the chief reporter, John Kay; the news editor, John Sturgis; and Nick Parker, chief foreign correspondent. There is no “public interest” defence as regards the 1906 act, and a payment of any size could trigger an offence.
The Met said “the seriousness of the allegations” meant it did not believe the 169 officers working on three investigations – the corrupt payments inquiry, the Operation Weeting phone-hacking investigation, and in the computer-hacking unit Tuleta – were “in any way disproportionate to the enormous task in hand”.
The Met added “that no more than 10 MPS officers attended each of the home addresses of the persons arrested as part of Operation Elveden” on Saturday and that at “no stage has any [other] major investigation been compromised”.