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Tabloid reporter from Britain's Sun newspaper found guilty of paying bribes to police

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LONDON — A British tabloid reporter accused of paying police for news tips has been found guilty of aiding and abetting public office misconduct.

Anthony France, a crime reporter for the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper, was accused of cultivating a "corrupt relationship" with Heathrow Airport counter-terrorism officer Timothy Edwards over four years.

Edwards had earlier admitted selling dozens of stories and information to the journalist for more than 20,000 pounds ($31,000.)

France, 41, has denied the charge against him. He will be sentenced on May 29.

France's trial followed a controversial police operation that was triggered by Britain's phone-hacking scandal, investigating alleged bribery by reporters.

In April, four tabloid journalists were acquitted of paying prison officers for information, and prosecutors dropped cash-for-scoops charges against several others.

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