Two former NHS employees have been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials, Scotland Yard said.

The 46-year-old-man and 42-year-old woman were arrested this morning in Bridgwater, Somerset, as part of the Operation Elveden inquiry and are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office and on suspicion of corruption.

The arrests came as a 26-year-old man was arrested in Surrey as part of the Operation Weeting investigation into hacking of voicemail boxes.

It is understood the two people were arrested at the same home address in Bridgwater.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said both are being questioned at a police station in Somerset.

They are the 38th and 39th arrests made as part of Operation Elveden which is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and is being run in conjunction with Operation Weeting, Scotland Yard’s inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes.

The 26-year-old man arrested as part of Operation Weeting this morning was held on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, Scotland Yard said.

He was arrested at a residential address in Surrey and will be questioned at a London police station.

The man is the 24th person arrested as part of Operation Weeting. Six people - including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie - have been charged in connection with the inquiry.

Mrs Brooks faces three charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, while her husband is charged with one count of the same offence.