Two prison officers arrested

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Two serving prison officers were arrested today by detectives investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

Scotland Yard said a 52-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office and misconduct in a public office and is being interviewed at a south London police station.

A 26-year-old man is being questioned at a Kent police station on suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office and money laundering.

Scotland Yard said the two men were arrested at their home in Kent at around 6am.

They are the 68th and 69th arrests under Operation Elveden which is being supervised by the police watchdog and is running in conjunction with Operation Weeting, the Met’s inquiry into phone hacking.

Prison Officer Arrested

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A former prison officer was arrested today by detectives investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials, police said.

The 39-year-old man was arrested at his home in Waltham Forest, north-east London, at about 6am on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and corruption, Scotland Yard said.

He is the 66th person arrested under Operation Elveden, Scotland Yard’s investigation into alleged inappropriate payments by journalists to public officials.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Officers from Operation Elveden arrested a man at his home in the London borough of Waltham Forest this morning, June 6.

“The 39-year-old man (Elveden arrest 66) is a former prison officer.

“He was arrested at approximately 0600hrs for suspected misconduct in a public office and suspected corruption and is being interviewed at an east London police station.”

Female Prison Officer Jailed For Inmate Relationship

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A female prison officer has been jailed for a forbidden romance with a jailed man, Scotland Yard said.

Yasemin Ozyukselen, 24, of Peregrine Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex, met the man while taking him from a prisoner van into Snaresbrook Crown Court for breaching his licence in April 2011.

The pair crossed paths again when he was up for trial later that year on charges including kidnap, rape and blackmail, and exchanged passionate messages while he served time in HMP Belmarsh.

Ozyukselen was today sentenced to 10 months at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty earlier this year to misconduct in a public office for an inappropriate relationship and improper contact with a prisoner.

Officers from the London Prison Anti-Corruption Team first cottoned on to the long-distance affair after they received intelligence suggesting Ozyukselen was in contact with someone inside Belmarsh prison.

Records showed an inmate had called her mobile phone, and in recordings of their conversations officers heard the pair discuss meeting up when he got out of prison.

When she was arrested in June last year, Ozyukselen at first denied knowing the man or that he had her number.

But police discovered seven love letters and a scrap of newspaper in her bedside drawer with his name, “HMP Belmarsh”, a mobile number and the words “Give me your number if you want” written on it.

In the letters, the man referred to his sweetheart as “Yas”, “babe” and “princess” and answered her questions.

One, dated January 9 2012, read: “Wow you dressed up today I wonder who that was for EHEM EHEM.”

In the same missive he spoke of his jealousy at seeing her handcuffed to other men and said she had been kind and sweet to him, adding: “for eg, all the time you asked me do I need anything or am I OK.”

Another letter dated January 4 2012 read: “Since the day I came back from the day I got your number there’s been something about you I don’t know what it is… Honestly do you want to meet my family or are you just saying that you do.”

After the letters emerged, Ozyukselen claimed that he was a “crazy person” but admitted she had not told her employers that she was in contact with a prisoner, which broke the terms of her contract. She initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in November.

Detective Constable Rob Hinson said: “Ozyukselen’s position as a prisoner escort garnered huge public trust and she abused that by indulging in a forbidden relationship with a prisoner.

“The fact that she met this man knowing he was a prisoner, while she was at work and where it was her task to oversee him at times makes her betrayal all the more shocking.

“So the fact that she went on to lie to the police and the court about it initially, despite the damning evidence, is truly remarkable.

“Today’s sentence is well deserved and a warning to anyone else toying with abusing such a position of trust.”

 

FEMALE PRISON OFFICER ARRESTED

A female prison officer has been suspended over allegations she had an improper relationship with an inmate, police said today.

The 45-year-old warder at Holme House Prison, Stockton, Teesside, has been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and has been bailed while further inquiries are carried out.

It is believed that detectives have examined documents and mobile phones recovered from the woman’s home following her arrest four months ago.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “A 45-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and has been bailed pending further inquiries.”