London: A former police officer was on Thursday arrested for receiving payments from journalists for information, as part of an inquiry related to the phone-hacking controversy at media baron Rupert Murdoch`s news of the World.
The inquiry, being held under the name Operation Elevedon, is looking into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials.
The unnamed former police officer is the 27th person arrested under this operation.
Operation Elevedon is being run in conjunction with Operation Weeting, the inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes.
Scotland Yard said that the former officer previously served in the Specialist Operations command, based in central London, and retired several years ago.
He was being questioned at a south west London police station and his home searched.
"Today`s arrest is the result of information provided to police by News Corporation`s Management Standards Committee.
"It relates to suspected payments to a former police officer and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately," the police said in a statement.
Several journalists working for The Sun newspaper as well as police officers and members of the armed forces have been arrested under Operation Elvedon so far.