Uttlesford’s communications manager to be charged in connection with Operation Elveden probe

Uttlesford District Council offices

Uttlesford District Council offices - Credit: Archant

A COMMUNICATIONS employee at Uttlesford District Council is one of nine to be charged in relation to the alleged selling of information to newspapers.

John Troup, a former journalist at The Sun, is being investigated as part of the ongoing investigations of Operation Elveden – being dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – which is also looking into phone hacking.

It is alleged that Graham Dudman, former managing editor of the tabloid, authorised payments to public officials.

It is claimed Mr Dudman approved a payment request from Mr Troup, 47, of Saffron Walden, for information relating to the death of a prison inmate, according to the CPS website.

It also stated: “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.”

Mr Troup, Uttlesford District Council’s communications manager, said he was unable to comment on the allegations at this time.