POLICE investigating allegations of misconduct in public office have arrested two people on the Isle of Wight this morning (Thursday).
Officers involved in Operation Elveden — the police investigation launched last year following allegations of inappropriate payments by press to public officials — arrested a man and a woman, both aged 55.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the man, a tutor, was arrested at a ferry terminal on suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.
It followed reports earlier this morning that the 5.45am Red Funnel car ferry from East Cowes was forced to return to the Isle of Wight following a request by police.
The woman, believed to be a retired prison worker, was arrested at their home on suspicion of misconduct in a public office. The property is being searched by officers.
Both were questioned at Newport Police Station.
*The pair have been bailed by police until mid-March.