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News Corp. Bribery Probe Leads to Three New Arrests in Britain

July 4 (Bloomberg) -- News Corp.’s tabloid bribery scandal in Britain led to the arrests today of a prison officer and two other people for alleged corruption, London police said. More than three dozen people have been detained in the probe.

A 46-year-old male prison worker was arrested at his home in London, a 50-year-old woman was detained in Kent and a 37-year-old man was arrested at his home in Surrey, the Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement today. All three are in custody and weren’t identified.

The probe, known as Operation Elveden, is running parallel to investigations into phone hacking and computer hacking by reporters and editors at News Corp.’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid and the Sun newspaper, Britain’s best-selling daily title. The bribery arrests have focused on the Sun.

More than 50 people have been arrested in probes that are underway as New York-based News Corp. plans to split the company into separate entertainment and publishing arms. Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, was charged in May with perverting the course of justice in the phone-hacking case. She denies the claims.

Daisy Dunlop, a spokeswoman for News Corp.’s U.K. unit, couldn’t be immediately reached to comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Larson in London at elarson4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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