A Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer, who was arrested as part of the force’s ongoing investigation into the phone hacking scandal, has been released on bail until the end of the year.
Last month, an unnamed 51-year-old detective constable was arrested and bailed pending further inquiries. The suspended officer has now been re-bailed today. He was first arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office, relating to unauthorised disclosure of information.
Earlier this month, the MPS dropped a legal bid to force The Guardian newspaper to reveal the sources it used for stories about phone hacking. The force said it will work with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider its next move.
The MPS had initially proceeded with its bid to attempt to force the newspaper to reveal its sources under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE). It had applied for a production order against the Guardian newspaper and one of its reporters.
However, following talks with the CPS, the force was asked for more information to be provided to the CPS’s lawyers and for appropriate time to consider the matter.