A television journalist who revealed police blunders leading up to the shooting dead of Jean Charles de Menezes, has been arrested on suspicion of theft by detectives investigating the leaking of statements from the official inquiry to the broadcaster, the Guardian has learned.
An ITV News insider said police seemed to be looking for evidence that money was paid for the statements. The source said no money was paid as ITV News did not have large sums of money available to offer for scoops, and if the IPCC source who leaked the documents had been motivated by money then they would have gone to a tabloid newspaper.
No-one will face criminal charges over the alleged leaking of confidential documents from the official inquiry into the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
A 43-year-old woman, a former secretary at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), and two other people were arrested during an investigation into the leak by Leicestershire Police.
The alleged leak, to ITN, led to ITV News reporting details from the inquiry which appeared to contradict much of what had previously been
believed about the shooting at Stockwell Tube station in south London last year.
The revelations led to claims of a cover-up and to the de Menezes family demanding the resignation of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.
Leicestershire Police carried out an investigation into the alleged leak following a request from Scotland Yard.
However, in a statement the force said: “No further action is to be taken against three people arrested as part of a Leicestershire Constabulary investigation into the leak of confidential IPCC documents relating to the death of Jean Charles de Menezes.
“The decision has been taken after discussion with the Crown Prosecution Service.
“A 43-year-old woman, a former employee of the IPCC, was arrested by Leicestershire Constabulary in connection with the investigation into the leak on September 21 last year. In October, a 30-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were arrested.
“Leicestershire Constabulary carried out the investigation into the leak at the request of the Metropolitan Police Service.”