December 9 2013 Latest news:
Emma Hardwick, Reporter
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
UTTLESFORD’S communications manager has been suspended over allegations he made a payment request in exchange for information about the death of a prison inmate in his previous role as a journalist for The Sun.
It is alleged John Troup, 47, of Saffron Walden, asked the former managing editor of the tabloid, Graham Dudman,to approve the payment.
He is to be charged, along with eight others, in relation to Operation Elveden - the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.
A spokesman for Uttlesford District Council said: “The council is aware of the development and an individual has been suspended pending further investigation as part of our established procedures. It would be inappropriate to make any further comment.”
According to the Crown Prosecution Service’s website, Mr Troup will be charged as a co-conspirator.
It states: “Following careful consideration of the evidence we have concluded that Graham Dudman should be charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, one reflecting conspiracy with John Troup, who should also be charged as a co-conspirator.”
This recent development, announced by the CPS on Tuesday (August 20), brings the number of current or former Sun journalists facing charges relating to illegal payments to public officials to 12.
Mr Troup said he was unable to comment on the allegations at this time.