Woman, 52, held over 'payments'
A serving Scotland Yard officer has been arrested on suspicion of receiving illegal payments from journalists.
The 52-year-old woman, understood to be a member of the force's specialist operations branch, was held in Essex after detectives swooped on her home at dawn.
She is the first police officer arrested under Operation Elveden, the inquiry into alleged illegal payments, which runs alongside the Operation Weeting phone hacking investigation.
The specialist operations division in which she works covers some of the Met's most demanding roles, from counter-terrorism to protecting the Royal Family.
The suspect was arrested at her home less than a week after officers questioned former News of the World crime editor Lucy Panton over alleged payments.
The officer has been released on police bail, pending further inquiries, to April next year.
"Officers from Operation Elveden arrested a serving Metropolitan Police Service officer on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and offences contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906," the force said.
Eight suspects have now been arrested as part of Operation Elveden, which was launched after officers were handed documents suggesting News International journalists had made payments to officers.
Ms Panton, 37, who is married to a Scotland Yard detective, was questioned and later bailed after officers swooped on her Surrey home.
Others questioned as part of the inquiry include former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, ex-Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson, former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner, the paper's former royal editor Clive Goodman, and a 63-year-old man whose identity has not been disclosed.