Sunday 21 January 2018

Officers jailed for selling stories to newspaper

A former prison officer and an ex-policeman have been jailed for selling information to 'The Sun' newspaper in Britain.

Richard Trunkfield, a support officer at Woodhill prison, Milton Keynes, was jailed for 16 months for taking payments from News International in return for confidential information about the treatment and prison conditions of John Venables, one of the convicted killers of toddler James Bulger.

Alan Tierney (40), a former Surrey Police constable, also received a 10-month sentence for selling details about two cases linked to Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and England footballer John Terry.

Both of the men had pleaded guilty to charges of misconduct in public office at an earlier hearing.

Irish Independent

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