By Marcus Leach

Five people are to be charged in connection with payments to police and public officials, including Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks.

Coulson, the former Downing Street communications director, and Brooks, the ex-chief executive of News International will be charged as part of Operation Elveden.

Operation Elveden is the Metropolitan police's investigation into corrupt payments and other information leaks.

This will be the third set of charges faced by Coulson, who was also a former editor of the News of the World. In May he was taken to Glasgow and then charged with alleged perjury at the perjury trial of the former Scottish MP Tommy Sheridan in December 2010.

It will also be the third set of charges faced by Rebekah Brooks, who has already appeared in court accused of conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority of people, including murdered teenager Milly Dowler.

She has also been charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice by concealing evidence from police investigating phone hacking at the News of the World headquarters last summer.

The others to be charged are journalists Clive Goodman and John Kay, and MoD employee Bettina Jordan Barber.

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