2 Feb 2013

Ex-police officer in prison over hacking inquiry

11:04 am on 2 February 2013

A senior British counter-terrorism police officer is now in prison after prosecuted as part of the investigation into payments by journalists to officials.

Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn, 52, from Essex, was sentenced on Friday to 15 months in prison for misconduct in a public office.

She offered to sell information to the News of the World newspaper after an inquiry into hacking by the newspaper was reopened.

The BBC reports the incident happened in September 2010 and Casburn was found guilty last month after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Her arrest is one of 59 in the investigation so far.

The News of the World was closed in 2011 amid outrage over its hacking into voicemails.