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Sun journalist Jamie Pyatt charged with paying officials for stories

Sun journalist Jamie Pyatt charged with paying officials for stories

Sonia Kapur

Sun journalist Jamie Pyatt charged with paying officials for stories

Windsor-based journalist Jamie Pyatt from The Sun has been charged with paying public officials for information.

He is accused of conspiring with public officials unknown, namely public officials employed at Broadmoor secure hospital, employees of the Thames Valley and Surrey Police forces, and officials in the British Army, to commit misconduct in a public office.

It is claimed the News International journalist committed the offence between March 22, 2002- January, 12, 2011.

He has been charged with one count along with John Edwards, pictures editor at The Sun newspaper, and Robert Neave, a former healthcare assistant at Broadmoor Hospital.

They are all accused of paying officials more than £30,000 over nine years, in exchange for information.

“It is alleged that the information for which The Sun made payments included that relating to the health and activities of Broadmoor patients, details about the work of a member of the Royal family and details of ongoing police investigations," said Gregor McGill a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). His team handles potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations.

The information was released in a statement today.

Mr McGill added: "This statement is made in the interests of transparency and accountability to explain the decisions reached in respect of cases arising from Operation Elveden, which is the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists."

All three are due to appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on July 18.

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