Three Sun journalists among eight to face misconduct charges

Three Sun journalists among eight to face misconduct charges

Eight people including a police officer and three journalists at The Sun are to face charges of misconduct in public office, prosecutors in the UK have said.

Journalists Tom Wells, Neil Millard and Brandon Malinsky have all been charged with offences, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

The trio are all current employees of News UK – the organisation which runs the paper, a spokesman confirmed.

Sam Azouelos, who worked as a Metropolitan Police officer, also faces a charge of misconduct in a public office over a four-year period from 2006 to 2010.

Graham Brough, Reggie Nunkoo, Mark Blake and Rosemary Collier have also been accused of misconduct in a public office.

The CPS said it received two investigation files from Scotland Yard in October and November last year.

It is understood that the files passed to the CPS were from Operation Elveden - Scotland Yard’s investigation into claims that journalists paid public officials for information.

CPS senior lawyer Gregor McGill said: “The CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Tom Wells, Neil Millard, Reggie Nunkoo, Mark Blake and Rosemary Collier, and to summons Brandon Malinsky and Graham Brough, for offences of misconduct in public office.

“The CPS has decided that there is insufficient evidence in relation to three other individuals who have been informed they face no further action.”

In relation to the file handed over in November, Mr McGill added: “The CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Sam Azouelos with one count of misconduct in public office between 3 July 2006 and 30 April 2010.

“The CPS has decided that there is insufficient evidence in relation to three other individuals who have been informed they face no further action.”

The eight will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on March 10.

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