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Operation Elveden: Nine Charged, Including Senior Sun Journalist, Ex Mirror Man

20/08/2013 16:12 BST | Updated 20/08/2013 16:14 BST
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Nine people have been charged as part of the investigation into corrupt payments to police and public officials.

They included a senior Sun journalist, a former Daily Mirror journalist, a police officer and a prison officer.

Graham Dudman, former managing editor of The Sun, John Troup, a former journalist at The Sun; Greig Box Turnbull, a former journalist at the Daily Mirror; Marc Alexander, formerly a prison officer at HMP Holloway in London; and Darren Jennings, an officer with Wiltshire Police, are to be charged under Operation Elveden, the investigation being conducted by the Metropolitan Police.

Sun journalist Vince Soodin; Alan Ostler, who was formerly an assistant technical instructor at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire; Grant Pizzey, a prison officer at HMP Belmarsh in south east London; and his partner Desra Reilly, will also be charged, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

All nine will appear before London's Westminster Magistrates' Court on September 5.

A Trinity Mirror spokesman said: "We note that former Daily Mirror journalist Greig Box-Turnbull has been charged as part of Operation Elveden - the investigation into alleged payments to public officials.

"We continue to co-operate with the police and further updates will be made if there are any significant developments."

The inquiry is being run alongside two other investigations - Operation Weeting, which is looking at alleged phone hacking, and Operation Tuleta, which focuses on computer hacking and other alleged privacy breaches.