Pair face corrupt payments trial

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A FORMER police officer and a Sun journalist will stand trial at the Old Bailey over alleged corrupt payments for information. Ex-Metropolitan Police constable Paul Flattley and the Sun’s defence editor Virginia Wheeler are accused of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

Flattley appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday and the hearing went ahead in Wheeler’s absence as she could not attend because of medical reasons.

They face allegations that the officer was paid at least £4,000 in cheques and £2,450 in cash in exchange for information between 25 May, 2008 and 13 September, 2011. No pleas were entered. Flattley, 30, from Stockport in Cheshire, and Wheeler, 33, from Kennington, south London, will next appear at the Old Bailey for a preliminary hearing on 22 February.