A SERVING member of the Armed Forces and a former Ministry of Defence employee from Rotherham have been arrested by detectives investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials by journalists.
A 34-year-old woman, who previously worked for the MoD, was arrested at an address in Rotherham this morning, Tuesday, on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and corruption.
Officers also arrested a 31-year-old man, who is a serving member of the Armed Forces, at the same address on suspicion of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office and money laundering.
Both were questioned at a police station in South Yorkshire.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they were arrested after information was provided to police by the management and standards committee at newspaper publisher News Corporation.
He said: “It relates to suspected payments to public officials and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately.”
The arrests bring the number of people arrested in Operation Elveden, the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials, to 52.