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Operation Elveden closed

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Posted by Dominic Ponsford Press Gazette

The police investigation into payments by journalists to public officials has closed, Scotland Yard has said. Operation Elveden started in June 2011 after allegations of phone hacking emerged during parliamentary committees and the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics and practices. It was prompted by News Corp's Management and Standards Committee disclosing confidential emails sent between sources and journalists to the police. It has seen the convictions of 34 people including nine police officers and 21 public officials.

The latest figures released under to Press Gazette under the Fredom of Information Act state that Operation Elveden has cost the Met £14.7m (not including legal fees). This figure does not include CPS and prosecution costs. Out of 34 journalists arrested and/or charged under the Metropolitan Police's Operation Elveden inquiry, two have been convicted. The rest have all now been cleared of offences linked to payments made to public officials.

Read more at:£15m-and-arrest-34-journalists

DATELINE: 26 February, 2016


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