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A (now ex-)police sergeant has been jailed for 10 months for taking the Murdoch shilling in exchange for leaking confidential information. He had previously plead guilty to the charge of "misconduct in public office" and the comparative short sentence reflects that. Following the hearing today, he is the fourth police officer to be jailed as a result of Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan Police's investigation into payments to police from journalists.

In June 2010 Bowes, 30, sold a story to the Sun about a fox attack on a three-year-old at a birthday party, and received £500 from the paper.

He also tried to sell information about the daughter of celebrities Peter Andre and Katie Price...
The sentencing hearing on Thursday heard Bowes emailed the News of the World's news desk in April 2010, giving details about an investigation into Mr Andre and Ms Price, who were separated at the time, after their daughter, Princess Tiaamii, received a slight injury. The investigation by child protection specialists showed that nothing untoward had happened.

On the third occasion, Bowes offered information about the investigation into serial killer Peter Tobin. He said he had details about a clairvoyant member of the public who had contacted police to say there were bodies buried in Brighton.

The person was later contacted by a journalist, but no story was published and Bowes was not paid. However, the psychic said she had lost confidence in the police

Peter Andre is a pop singer who also has a reality TV show on UK's ITV network. Katie Price was an artificially enhanced "glamour" model known as Jordan who frequently appeared topless on "Page 3" of Murdoch's Sun.  

Originally posted to Lib Dem FoP on Thu May 09, 2013 at 11:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by Murdochgate Investigators.

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