Operation Elveden: Merseyside Arrest

A health care worker has been arrested in Merseyside as part of the police investigation into alleged corrupt payments by journalists for information.

The 28-year-old was held at his home on Wednesday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, Scotland Yard said. 

He was interviewed at a Liverpool police station and later bailed to a date in January, pending further enquiries. 

A search of his home has been carried out by police. 

The man is the 80th person to be arrested by the Metropolitan Police as part of Operation Elveden, Scotland Yard's investigation into allegations that journalists paid public officials for information. 

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has made its own three arrests as part of the same inquiry. 

Operation Elveden is being run alongside two other investigations - Operation Weeting, an inquiry into allegations of phone hacking, and Operation Tuleta, which is looking at claims of computer hacking and other privacy breaches.

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