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Originally published Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 3:55 AM

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Journalist, officer held in UK corruption probe

British police investigating unethical links between police and reporters arrested a journalist and a police officer Tuesday for questioning.

The Associated Press

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LONDON —

British police investigating unethical links between police and reporters arrested a journalist and a police officer Tuesday for questioning.

Scotland Yard identified them only as a 37-year-old journalist and a 29-year-old Sussex police officer, and said they were taken into custody at their homes in an early morning raid.

The arrests are related to suspected payments made to a public official. The two men were released on bail later Tuesday.

So far, police have arrested 43 people in a U.K. probe into press wrongdoing and corruption.

The investigation is tied to a parallel probe into Britain's phone hacking scandal, which has rocked the country's media and political institutions, and led to criminal charges against suspects such as Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corp.'s British operations.

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