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Reporter charged in payments probe

The Sun's crime reporter has been charged in relation to an investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

Anthony France will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on August 21, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

The 41-year-old, from Watford, Hertfordshire, faces two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office between March 31 2008 and July 1 2011 and July 19 2009 and August 14 2009 respectively.

Scotland Yard said he has been bailed until his court appearance next week.

The charges have been brought under the force's Operation Elveden, which is being run alongside two other inquiries - Operation Weeting, which looked at alleged phone hacking, and Operation Tuleta, examining claims of computer hacking and other privacy breaches.

Earlier the CPS said t he first charge states that France, between March 31 2008 and July 1 2011, conspired with Timothy Edwards - a police officer previously charged in relation to Operation Elveden - and with others unknown to commit misconduct in public office.

The second charge says that France, between July 19 2009 and August 14 2009, conspired together with others to commit misconduct in public office.

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