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Journalists held in payments probe
Two journalists have been arrested by detectives investigating corrupt payments to public officials.
Justin Penrose, crime correspondent of the Sunday Mirror, and Tom Savage, deputy news editor of the Daily Star Sunday, were the latest to be held.
They are being questioned at separate police stations on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.
Scotland Yard said: "Today's arrests relate to suspected payments to a public official and are not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately."
The latest arrests mean 41 people have been arrested by detectives on Operation Elveden, the investigation into suspected corrupt payments to public officials.
It is being run alongside Operation Weeting, the Scotland Yard probe into phone hacking.
A Yard spokesman said: "A 37-year-old man was arrested at his home in Kent and a 34-year-old man at his home in south-east London at approximately 6am on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt (contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906) and of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office (contrary to common law). The two, both journalists, are being questioned at police stations in Kent and south-east London."
A spokesman said: "We have been informed by the police that Justin Penrose was arrested this morning on suspicion of alleged payments to public officials. We are co-operating fully with the police."
Mr Penrose has worked for the Sunday Mirror since 2004, and was made crime correspondent in 2006. In evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics, Mr Penrose said the newspaper never paid police for stories.
Trinity Mirror said officers searched Mr Penrose's desk on Wednesday morning and took away "various items", including his computer. A spokesman said: "Following a prearranged meeting at 11am, the police now have in their possession various items from Justin Penrose's desk, including his computer. There is no further comment to make at this stage."