Operation Elveden: CPS concludes it is no longer in the public interest to prosecute Virginia Wheeler
Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, whose team handles CPS decision making and potential prosecutions in relation to the on-going phone hacking investigations and other related matters, said: "This statement is made in the interests of transparency and accountability to explain the decisions reached in respect of cases arising from Operation Elveden, which is the Metropolitan Police's investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.
"In accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, which requires prosecutors to keep all cases under continual review, following receipt of further expert medical evidence relating to her health the CPS has concluded that it is no longer in the public interest to prosecute Virginia Wheeler.
"Proceedings against Ms Wheeler were commenced on 22 January 2013 by way of summons for an alleged offence of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
"The proceedings against Ms Wheeler have now been concluded."
Virginia Wheeler and her co-accused, Paul Flattley, appeared on an indictment alleging the following offence:
Virginia Wheeler and Paul Flattley, between 25 May 2008 and 13 September 2011, conspired together to commit misconduct in public office. Contrary to s.1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.
Paul Flattley pleaded guilty to this offence on 7 March 2013. Reporting restrictions previously in place regarding this case have now been lifted.
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