‘Sun’ journalist, prison officer charged over payments for stories

Nick Parker, a journalist at The Sun, will be charged over alleged payments to public officials. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today confirmed that both Parker and prison officer Lee Brockhouse will be charged as part of Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan Police's investigation into unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the CPS, said: "Following a careful review of the evidence, we have concluded that Nick Parker, a journalist at The Sun newspaper, should be charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

"We have also concluded that Lee Brockhouse, a prison officer at HMP Swaleside, should be charged with one count of misconduct in a public office and one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office."

He continued: "It is alleged that on two occasions The Sun newspaper paid money to a public official in exchange for the unauthorised disclosure of information to Nick Parker relating to well-known individuals.

"It is also alleged that between 23 April 2007 and 27 October 2009, The Sun newspaper paid £1,750 to prison officer Lee Brockhouse for the unauthorised disclosure of information to Nick Parker."

McGill added: "Additionally, it is alleged that Lee Brockhouse provided similar information to the People newspaper, for which he was paid £900."

Parker and Brockhouse will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on July 11.

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