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Serving prison officer from Sittingbourne bailed over illegal payment claims

Metropolitan Police

by Hayley Robinson

A serving prison officer from Sittingbourne has been released on bail over allegations of illegal payments by journalists.

The 40-year-old was arrested by officers from Scotland Yard's Operation Elveden at his home at 8.30am on Monday.

He was taken to a Kent police station, where detectives questioned him on suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.

A search of the man's property in Sittingbourne was also carried out.

He has now been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

It is the 58th arrest as part of Operation Elveden, a police investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials.

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