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Another policeman held in British corruption probe

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A British policeman was on Thursday arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential information to the media, as part of a corruption probe arising from the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

The 51-year-old, a member of London's Metropolitan Police force, was arrested in a dawn raid at his home in Wiltshire, western England. He was questioned before being bailed on Thursday evening, a police statement said.

He has also been suspended from his job.

The arrest was made under Operation Elveden, the investigation into corrupt payments to police officers and other public officials following the phone-hacking scandal at the former News of the World tabloid.

"Today's arrest, however, relates to the suspected release of confidential information but not alleged payment," police said.

A total of 61 public officials and journalists have been arrested as part of the Elveden investigation.

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