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News Corp. Workers, Police Officer Arrested in U.K. Bribe Probe

Four current and former employees of News Corp.’s U.K. tabloid newspaper The Sun and a serving police officer were arrested as part of a bribery investigation.

Officers searched company offices and made the arrests with the help of a News Corp. committee set up to assist Operation Elveden, a probe into inappropriate payments to police, the London-based media company said today in an e-mailed statement.

Four men were arrested in London on suspicion of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, the Metropolitan Police said in a separate statement. The fifth, a serving officer in the Territorial Policing command, was detained at the central London station where he works.

“Today’s operation is the result of information provided to police by News Corp.’s Management and Standards Committee,” the Met Police said. “It relates to suspected payments to police officers and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately.”

News International spokeswoman Miranda Higham declined to comment beyond the statements.

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