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Five bailed in police payment probe

Four former and current Sun journalists and a serving Metropolitan Police officer arrested over alleged illegal police payments have been bailed by detectives.

Senior Sun employees Chris Pharo, 42, and Mike Sullivan along with former executives Fergus Shanahan, 57, and Graham Dudman, were named by sources as suspects facing corruption allegations.

Scotland Yard confirmed five men detained on Saturday by officers from Operation Elveden, launched following the phone hacking scandal, had been released pending further inquiries.

Their arrests came as officers swooped on News International's headquarters in Wapping in a bid to gain new evidence surrounding the Sun's newsgathering activities.

Mr Pharo is one of the best-selling tabloid's most senior news executives while Mr Sullivan is a long-serving and respected crime editor with the paper. Mr Dudman is a former managing editor while Mr Shanahan also held an executive role.

Operation Elveden - which runs alongside the Met's Operation Weeting team - was launched as the phone hacking scandal erupted last July with allegations about the now-axed News of the World targeting Milly Dowler's mobile phone.

The 29-year-old male officer was arrested at a police station in central London where he works. Mr Dudman, Mr Sullivan and Mr Shanahan were arrested at their homes on the borders of the capital.

The officer, who serves with the MPS Territorial Policing command, was held on suspicion of corruption, misconduct in a public office and conspiracy in relation to the offences.

The journalists were questioned on suspicion of corruption, aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office and conspiracy in relation to the offences.

All five men were bailed to various dates in April and May.


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