Friday 23 September 2011

Telegraph exclusive: Neil Wallis was paid by News International while working for Scotland Yard

The Daily Telegraph claims in an exclusive that Neil Wallis, the former deputy editor of the News of the World employed by the Metropolitan Police, was secretly paid more than £25,000 by News International during his time at Scotland Yard.

The Telegraph says Wallis was paid the money during late 2009 and 2010 for providing “crime exclusives” including details of Scotland Yard investigations.

At the time, he was working as a police consultant working closely with Sir Paul Stephenson, the then commissioner. Wallis was also paid £24,000 from taxpayer funds for his work at the force.

The Telegraph reports: "The details of his News International payments have emerged in billing records obtained by detectives investigating the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World.

"It is understood that Mr Wallis was also selling crime stories to other newspapers during his time at Scotland Yard.

"The legality of Mr Wallis, who was effectively working as a police employee, selling potentially confidential police information to tabloid newspapers is not clear."

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