Police officer jailed over payments
A police officer who sold information linked to a string of high-profile figures including Kate Middleton has been jailed, it can be reported for the first time.
Details of former Metropolitan Police Constable Paul Flattley's two-year sentence can be made public after a charge was dropped against a Sun journalist who had been accused of paying him.
The charge of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office against Sun defence editor Virginia Wheeler was dropped at Southwark Crown Court. This followed medical reports which had been sought by both the prosecution and defence.
James Wood QC, for Wheeler, told the court that she would have fought the charges had the case gone ahead.
Details of Flattley's sentence, which was handed down in March at the Old Bailey, can now be reported. The 30-year-old was paid thousands of pounds for information over the course of three years, between May 2008 and September 2011.
He passed on details about high-profile cases, as well as checking out tip-offs that the tabloid had received.
This included investigating whether additional security had been put in place around the Duchess of Cambridge's London home in September 2010 amid rumours that Prince William was set to propose.
He also passed on details linked to the drugs death of teenager Isobel Jones-Reilly. The 15-year-old died in 2011 after taking ecstasy at an unsupervised party at the west London home of university lecturer Brian Dodgeon.
A statement by the teenager's mother Lynne Jones was read to the court, which said: "It's very hard to comprehend that anyone would see fit to provide details about our daughter to journalists for monetary gain. The fact that this information was sold to the press by a police officer is even more shocking."
Flattley, from Stockport in Cheshire, passed information to The Sun about a series of stories and checked out tip-offs that the newspaper had received to see if they were true. The total benefit to him was deemed to be £8,636.89, and information passed on included details linked to 19 active investigations.