By PA Mediapoint 24 October 15:40
Tom Savage told jurors he never knew Scott Chapman's true identity or that he worked at the prison where Jon Venables served time behind bars for child porn offences.
Met conducted 38 press leak investigations in five years - RIPA used in 'vast majority', says sourceBy William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 24 October 14:24
Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe referred to the leak enquiries in his submission to the Leveson Inquiry, when he also revealed his force is "one of the few organisations which has established an independent command to deal exclusively with both overt and covert complaints and investigations".
Daily Star journalist standing trial: Didn't matter 'in the slightest' whether Venables source was prison officerBy PA Mediapoint 24 October 9:35
Daily Star Sunday reporter Tom Savage said it never occurred to him that the contact he knew as Adam was in fact a serving prison officer - but added that if he had known, it would not have mattered "in the slightest".
BBC's Sir Cliff Richard 'leak' investigated by Met department that grabbed Sun phone records under RIPABy William Turvill 24 October 9:22
Met Police assistant commissioner Martin Hewett wrote to the chair of the committee, Keith Vaz MP, to say that the Directorate of Professional Standards was investigating the allegation that the BBC’s story had come from an Operation Yewtree.
Save Our Sources law to stop police secretly seizing journalist phone records is tabled in ParliamentBy Dominic Ponsford 24 October 8:53
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Strasburger has tabled an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill that would require public authorities to ask a judge before accessing the phone records of journalists.
ACPO media chief Colette Paul: Some police are afraid of talking to journalists - there's been no illegal use of RIPABy Dominic Ponsford 23 October 7:05
Chief constable of Bedfordshire Police Colette Paul begins her stint as Association of Chief Police Officers media lead at a time when relations between journalists and police officers are at something of a low ebb.
'Is it important that Jon Venables likes Harry Potter?' Prosecution accuses prison officer of leaking 'drivel'By PA Mediapoint 22 October 15:55
Scott Chapman, 42, was allegedly paid £40,000 for a string of stories about the child killer's time behind bars after he was jailed for child porn offences in 2010.
Reporter's email said: 'Can I bung £250 to the policeman and £250 to the soldier?', Sun six trial toldBy Court News UK 22 October 15:40
The journalist made a number of expense claims for a "Surrey police contact" who handed over photographs and scoops, the court heard.
'I phoned paper because everything that was happening was wrong' - prison officer defends Jon Venables leaksBy PA Mediapoint 22 October 9:03
Scott Chapman is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of accepting £40,000 in exchange for tips about Venables while he was in jail for child porn offences in 2010.
Sun six trial told how Peter Sutcliffe and spree killer Daniel Gonzalez stories leaked from BroadmoorBy Court News UK 21 October 17:47
Detectives and staff at Broadmoor Hospital leaked details of spree killer Daniel Gonzalez and Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe to the tabloid press, a court heard today.
Justice minister admits it is 'matter of concern' that journalists have no public interest defence against bribery or hackingBy Dominic Ponsford 21 October 13:41
The Liberal Democrats last night tabled amendments to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to provide public interest defences to journalists and others accused of computer hacking and bribery.
Sun six trial: Journalist accused of paying for information about police downloading indecent imagesBy Court News UK 21 October 10:22
Senior detectives who investigated the Soham murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were unaware of any leaks to The Sun from inside the massive police operation, a court heard yesterday.
Boris Johnson asked by London Assembly to make police seek 'judicial approval' to view journalist call recordsBy William Turvill 21 October 10:14
Johnson told the London Press Club Ball on 9 October that “we are going to have to insist in future the police will not be able to see a journalist’s phone records without some kind of prior judicial approval”.
Sun reporter appears in South African court as Dewani trial told of £25,000 stories deal with male escortBy William Turvill 21 October 9:33
Dewani’s wife, Anni, was shot dead after a taxi she was sharing with her husband was hijacked in Cape Town on 13 November 2010 where they were on their honeymoon.
James Bulger killer 'pissed off' about stories leaked to press, trial of Star and NoW journalists hearsBy PA Mediapoint 20 October 16:49
Jon Venables told his mother in a phone call he was "pissed off" about stories on his time behind bars for child porn offences.
Nick Clegg: Police should be banned from viewing journalists' call records without judicial approvalBy Dominic Ponsford 20 October 13:21
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said today that the police shold be banned from accessing journalists' call records without the permission of a judge.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 October 10:44
A senior Metropolitan Police officer has defended the use of spying powers against journalists saying that “nobody should be above the law”.
Trial of Star's Tom Savage and former NoW reporter told of 'catastrophic' impact of Jon Venables leaks at prisonBy PA Mediapoint 20 October 8:49
A witness, who cannot be identified, was giving evidence in the trial of prison officer Scott Chapman who was allegedly paid £40,000 by newspapers for information about James Bulger's killer after he was sent back to prison in 2010 for child porn offences.
By PA Mediapoint 20 October 8:30
A "mole hunt" was conducted at the high security psychiatric hospital to find where the tip-offs which led to exclusive stories in the newspaper were coming from, Kingston Crown Court was told.
By William Turvill 17 October 11:49
Accessing the phone records of The Sun was “the very first thing” the Metropolitan Police did in its investigation into Plebgate, a lawyer for the paper has revealed.