A worker at the city’s Woodhill Prison has been charged with passing information about a ‘high profile’ inmate to The Sun newspaper in exchange for £3,350.
Richard Trunkfield, a Prison Operational Support Officer, has been charged with committing misconduct in a public office as part of Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan Police Service investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.
The alleged offence is said to have happened between March 2 and April 30 in 2010.
A statement was released by Alison Levitt QC, the Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, on Tuesday.
Ms Levitt also oversees Crown Prosecution Service decision making and all potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.
“This announcement relates to a file of evidence received from the Metropolitan Police Service,” she said.
“The investigation in this case was overseen by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
“We have concluded, following a careful review of the evidence, that Richard Trunkfield should be charged with an offence of committing misconduct in public office.
“It is alleged that in 2010, Mr Trunkfield provided information to The Sun newspaper in breach of the terms of his employment and was paid £3,350.
“The charge relates to an allegation that Mr Trunkfield provided details to the newspaper about a high profile prisoner.”
Mr Trunkfield, Moulton, Northants, will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court at a later date.