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a 52-year-old former police officer has been arrested by the IPCC

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A former Metropolitan police officer has been arrested by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over alleged leaks to a journalist.

The IPCC this morning (10 January) arrested a 52-year-old man at his home in Berkshire on suspicion of misconduct in public office and Data Protection Act offences.

He is currently in the custody of IPCC investigators at a Thames Valley police station.

According to a statement on the IPCC website, the arrest is the result of information passed to the commission by the Metropolitan Police Service team investigating Operation Elveden.

Elveden, which is looking at corrupt payments to police officers, is one of three operations relating to the phone-hacking scandal.

Operation Weeting was set up to investigate phone hacking and Operation Tuleta is looking into alleged breaches of privacy which fall "outside the remit of Operation Weeting", said to include computer hacking.

Today's arrest takes the total under Elveden to nine. A total of 17 people have been arrested as part of Operation Weeting and there has been one arrest following investigations by Tuleta.

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