Detectives investigating illegal payments arrest two people

Scotland Yard
Scotland Yard

Two people in Lancashire, including a former member of the armed forces, have been arrested by detectives investigating illegal payments to public officials.

The Sun’s royal editor Duncan Larcombe, 36, was also arrested in a dawn swoop on his home in Kent on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.

Police said the arrests were prompted by information provided by News Corporation’s management standards committee (MSC), which was set up in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that led to the closure of the News of the World last July.

The former serviceman was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and the woman on suspicion of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office. They are being questioned at a police station somewhere in the county.

Scotland Yard said in a statement: “Today’s (Thursday) operation is the result of information provided to police by News Corporation’s management standards committee.

“It relates to suspected payments to a public official and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately.”