Sun’s defence editor arrested

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The defence editor of the Sun newspaper was arrested yesterday on suspicion of paying public officials for information.

Virginia Wheeler, 32, appeared at a south London police station by appointment to answer questions related to evidence sent by News Corporation’s management standards committee to Scotland Yard.

Sun publisher News International confirmed Ms Wheeler had been arrested in an email sent to its staff. A Metropolitan Police spokesman later confirmed a 32-year-old woman had been bailed to a date in May.

She becomes the 23rd person to be arrested by officers working on Operation Elveden, 10 of whom are former or current employees at the Sun.