Met Police Disciplinary Action Over Hacking Investigation

3 January 2013, 18:27

Five Met police officers and a civilian worker have been sacked or forced to resign from Scotland Yard's investigations relating to phone hacking.

The group included two detective constables working on Operation Weeting who had claims upheld against them.

One resigned after an allegation of "other neglect or failure of duty" was upheld, and the other received "management advice" in December 2011 and is no longer working on the inquiry, the force said.

The member of police staff received a final written warning in June last year after being found guilty of discreditable conduct, and is also no longer attached to the operation.

Details of the allegations were revealed after a freedom of information request by The Sun newspaper.

They include another detective constable who is suspended after being arrested "for a matter allegedly related to Operation Weeting".

The matter was a criminal investigation but is now being dealt with as a misconduct issue.

A fourth officer is under investigation over claims linked to a previous inquiry unconnected with phone hacking, and the fifth, a detective constable, received management action in July last year over unrelated claims.

Management action is an internal process and not a formal misconduct finding.

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