British police arrested four current and former staff of Rupert
Murdoch's best-selling Sun tabloid plus a policeman on Saturday as part
of an investigation into suspected payments by journalists to officers,
police and the newspaper's publisher said.
Police also searched the
paper's London offices at publisher News International, News Corp's
British arm, in a corruption probe linked to a continuing investigation
into phone hacking at its now closed News of the World weekly tabloid.
Corp's Management and Standards Committee, set up in the wake of the
phone hacking scandal, said Saturday's operation was the result of
information it had passed to police.