Ex-Pc facing misconduct charges
A former police officer is facing criminal charges for allegedly selling details of separate cases involving footballer John Terry's mother and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood to The Sun newspaper.
Ex-Pc Alan Tierney, who was with Surrey Police, was allegedly paid £1,750 for giving details of the two cases to the tabloid. It is understood that one relates to the arrest of former England defender Terry's mother Sue Terry and mother-in-law Sue Poole on suspicion of shoplifting in March 2009.
Sources said the second case concerned the arrest of Wood, who was questioned in December 2009 over allegations that he had assaulted his young Russian lover Ekaterina Ivanova. Wood, Sue Terry and Poole all accepted police cautions.
Alison Levitt QC, principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "We have concluded, following a careful review of the evidence, that Alan Tierney, a former police constable with Surrey Police, should be charged with two offences of committing misconduct in public office.
"It is alleged that in 2009 Mr Tierney provided information to The Sun newspaper on two occasions in breach of the terms of his employment with Surrey Police and was paid £1,750. The first charge relates to an allegation that Mr Tierney provided details to the newspaper about a shoplifting incident in which he was the arresting officer.
"The second charge relates to an occasion on which Mr Tierney took a statement from a witness to a domestic violence incident. It is alleged that Mr Tierney passed the witness's name, address and details of the incident to the newspaper. Both of these incidents were linked to high-profile people."
Tierney will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on a date to be fixed. Ms Levitt said prosecutors also considered information relating to a member of the public and concluded there was insufficient evidence to take further action.
The first charge faced by Tierney alleges that he "between March 26 and April 3, 2009, whilst acting as a public officer, namely a constable of Surrey Police, wilfully and without reasonable excuse or justification misconducted himself". The second is the same charge, but between December 2 and 7, 2009.
The charges against Tierney arose as part of Operation Elveden, the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
Scotland Yard announced on Thursday that a 25-year-old man who was arrested in February last year under the same operation will face no further action. He was originally held on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt a public official and money laundering.