British police arrest 5 in tabloid bribery probe

British police searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch, file (Credit: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) -- British police searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers Saturday after arresting a police officer and four current and former staff of his tabloid The Sun as part of an investigation into police bribery by journalists.

The arrests spread the scandal over tabloid wrongdoing -- which has already caused the closure of one tabloid, the News of the World -- to a second Murdoch newspaper.

London's Metropolitan Police said two men aged 48 and one aged 56 were arrested on suspicion of corruption early in the morning at homes in and around London. A 42-year-old man was detained later at a London police station.

Murdoch's News Corp. confirmed that all four were current or former Sun employees.

A fifth man, a 29-year-old police officer, was arrested at the London station where he works.

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